Prescribed citalopram and amitriptyline do drugs work

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Hi,

 ive been advised by some of you to seek medical advice which i now have smile.

The doctor has prescribed me citalopram and amitrityline anyone ever tried these? Or have had medication that has helped?.

Im not looking for them to work miracles just kic start me in the right direction.

Also im a little scared of taking them due to the warning of making you worse before getting better (bites nails in nerves) 

Would appreaciate peoples experiances and comments and any other reco.mendations to try.

Thanks in advance, 

Kev

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    Hi kev  I was purchased on citalopram.  But not the other. 

    It can take 2 to 3 weeks before you really notice but they help me a lot.  So good luck with them 

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    Hello I was on citalopram last year ,they made me feel sick every day and because I didnt want to be on them for long because my problems wasnt going away I stopped using them but after a month goes by I regret it cause dark thought creep back in, im now on Fluoxetine which I find i have little side affects and im on olanzapine in the night because im having trouble sleeping and not much appetite,hope you feel better soon.
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      Oh i c well i can only try if they dont work ill try others i supoose you ha e to fi d the right o es for the individual yh the amitriptyline are for night to help me sleep and to help chronic pain hope you are ok have the new ones helped? 
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      some days im low and some days ive been high ,now im taking olanzapine as well I feel on a normal level,everyone has different side effects best you give the ones you are on a go ,my sleeping tablets havent worked yet but I dont understand why they only gave me 7 .
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    hi Kev

    most antidepressants take a few weeks to take effect, but bear with it. your GP will support you and if you need to talk could perhaps put you in touch with a support group or councellor too.

    Best of Luck

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    Hi Kev, I am on 10mg Citalopram and found that they take the edge off my anxiety, it took a few weeks to have effect. I was on Amitriptyline for years and they are great for helping you sleep thou you can feel tired the next day and they are great for nerve pain too. 
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    don't control your medication yourself other than by Drs direction. Many people make that  mistake and it sometimes makes them worse.  I hope that things improve soon for you

    Richard

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      Thats good advice as I stopped taking my medication last year without telling the doctor I was high and happy,did a skydive from 13000 even thou Ive always been scared of heights and then a few weeks later had dark thoughts again.
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    Thanks all, 

    All advise is most welcome,

    Which i had of taken these steps along time ago tbh,

    I have been to see talking therapies but it was as though they were only there because they are paid to didnt find them much help,

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    Thanks all, 

    All advise is most welcome,

    Which i had of taken these steps along time ago tbh,

    I have been to see talking therapies but it was as though they were only there because they are paid to didnt find them much help,

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    I feel that if you can get through the initial few weeks of side effects it's well worth it. Lots of people give up on melds thinking they are making them worse and it can feel that way for a few weeks.

    I took Citalopram many years ago and it worked fabulous,I'd had a nervous breakdown. When I started 11 weeks ago with anxiety/ depression I asked for Citalopram again thinking it would work the same. It didn't. I gave it 8 weeks and just couldn't handle the increased anxiety. 

    Been on a different med for 3 week and feel like I'm making progress.

    So I defiantly believe it's all down to your symptoms and diagnosis and how well you and the med click.

    What works for one May not work for another and just because something worked for you before,doesn't mean you will have the same outcome if you try it again xxx

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    Hi kev

    I have Been on so many different antidepressants over the last 30 years and I'm convinced they have made me worse. When I think back to when I first went to my GP about the depression I felt no where near as bad as I have done with all these drugs I have been on. I decided to to come off all my meds about 3 months ago and am feeling much better now. I have started working again and doing things like going swimming ect, a few months back I would never of dreamed that I could do what I'm doing now as I was a complete zombie so now I'm annoyed that 30 years of my life have been ruined from taking antidepressants. Please note that I'm note saying to not take the meds as they do help some people but they are not for me that's for sure

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      I feel exactly the same Michael. I think I jumped to them too quickly after a stressful incident that made my anxiety go through the roof. I wish I would of just waited it out. They put me on Citalopram for 8 weeks and they made me even worse. So now I'm on medication for anxiety that medication caused. I feel at times like a little hamster on one of them wheels..wanting to get off but scared I will lose mt footings.

      I have needed medication in the past and they helped me a great deal but this time around,I'm not sure if they are helping at all. Sometimes you just need support and for people to tell you everything's gonna be ok xx

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      Hi Gillian 

      I don't think drugs are good long term sometime they help people through a really bad time but I now believe that you should come of them as soon as possible. I have recently heard so many bad stories about people on meds for a very long time, also I done a lot of research before I stopped taking them and read somewhere about a top phyciatrist that said that taking these drugs only has a negative effect as putting chemicals into a patients brain that is already off balance is insane as it can only make you feel worse. He said its the same as having a headache and smashing yourself in the head with a hammer to make it go away 

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      I'm just really scared to be without them right now but if I don't feel any benefits in a few more weeks,I think I'm going to ask my doc to slowly wean me off,see how I go.

      It's all very confusing and scary xx

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