Relapse on citalopram

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Absolutely devestated to be writing this but after 3 month on citalopram I have crashed out of the blue today and had chest pains all morning to then be driving and all my body go numb and I get a panic attack emotionally drained feel horrendous has any one else experienced this ?? Now I carnt stop thinking that am genuinely ill ?? All time low tonight 🙈

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    Agree with Angie.  3 months is early and you're still recovering.  This is a blip and they're part of recovery.  Expect them, let them be there, relax towards them ..... however bad they feel.  Tensing against them isn't the way to go.  Its your reaction towards them that matters.

    It'll pass in time.

    K x

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    Hi Ell,

    I have been on Cit for over 3 months. This passed week I also got a virus/cold and it knocked me about massively. I woke up feeling very anxious for the first time in about a month. Which actually was good because it made me realise how far i've come. Just take note of what else is going on in your life that could add stress. Keep up with the other actions - meditating, exercise, eating healthy. There is nothing wrong with you - anxiety is not a symptom, anxiety is the illness.

    bad days will always happen, they happen to people who don't suffer from anxiety. Just try stay focused on one day at a time. Don't get bogged down and convince yourself you'll have another bad day. Go for a walk, have a nap, be kind to yourself.

    Best of luck.

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    I know just how you feel. I've been on Citalopram 20 since January and am feeling so much better. There are days though that are just not so good and I then feel very upset and think I'm going backwards.

    I have even on good days thought that I could reduce to 10 but I guess it takes a whole lot longer to completely recover.

    I have just finished 8 weeks of CBT and that has helped. 'Sit with it' was a good bit of advice. Breath through it and it will pass. Good luck - we are all in this together and hopefully we will all come out the other side!

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      I've also been on 20 mg Cit since Janunary but recently I've been having a diffiuclt patch.  I'm starting to think this medicine is not right for me but I have had some really good patches where I have felt great.  Really unsure what to do.  I've been on Fluoxetine in the past and I think this worked quicker for me.  Any advice would be very much appreciated. At 6 mnths should I still be having long blips?

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      Hi Anna

      I think having read comments on here that although we think Jan to May is ages it probably isnt very long at all in the whole schme of things.

      Have you had any side effects? Im pretty sure that the tablets are causing me to have ectopic heart beats which I really dont like. My Dr isn't concerened. I wonder if anyone else on Citalporam has this?

      If you think the tablets are helping you perhaps just stick with them for a while longer and then have a chat to your doctor if things dont improve further.

      I hope this helps. Thank goodneass for this site where we can all helpeach other.

      I have some really good days and then something will stress me out, and a trigger  starts me off. I suffer from both health and GAD and am still really trying to accept it! I never would have thought that I would have been the type of person to suffer from anxiety. Just shows you it can happen to anyone and my Dr says that although we have a good idea of why I do you can never be sure so its probably better to not worry about where it came from. I may never know for certain.

      Blips will happen and we need to re focus and not get despondent and worry that we are going the wrong way! I find breathing excercises and walking help. There are a number of books you can get that may help you. Have you got any?


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      Hi, thanks for your reply.  The support really does help.  I think that my symptoms are more likely caused by stress.  I get very tight chested.

      I hope this is just a blip because I felt so well a couple of weeks ago and it was bliss.

      I've always been a worrier so I think I have just got worse as I have got older.  I've read stuff on the web but not books.

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    Well it sounds like a panic attack

    I was given propanol in the first cple months which helped. I only ever needed 7 which I took togelp me stabilize in the early days

    3 months is still early. I am on them since jan this year but I still get blip times especially if I am tired or allow my thoughts down pathways

    It's like having a second naughty brain that you have to pull back from

    Meditate. Be mindful exercise take a short walk on the sunshine..if possible!.. first thing sleep well eat sensible it will pass am sure

    I wrote a thread called Sucess on Citalopram. Have a look what people say on there

    However we should all be mindful that episodes of chest pain could be something else andbe considered. Sounds like yours is anxiety panic though

    I only say this as am medical myself so very aware

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