Scared to bump up even after so long

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I was prescribed citalopram 20mg about 2 almost 3 years ago. I took it with no issues and then went off of it for about a year. About 6 months ago I went back on and the dr started me at 10mg and then told me to take that for 2wks and then bump up to 20. I don't know why, but I'm so afraid to bump up. I'm scared I'll have side effects.

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    I took 10mg for 5 weeks and then increased to 20mg. I had side effects which lasted 2 - 3 weeks when I first started the meds but when I increased to 20mg I had no side effects whatsoever, so please don't worry too much. Just take one day at a time, and if that's too much, take 1 hour at a time x
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    Hi leah Andrea. not be afraid. I am so so afraid of meds ...I started at 20mg for almost a month. Dr wanted me to double. I did not double I went an extra 10mg. I am very sensitive to meds. I truely feel you do not have to worry. My depression is almost gone. My anxiety not all yet. But I have not been on long enough. Try not to worry ..I think you will be ok
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    This is my second time on these meds and I had a different experience this time around.  I went straight back onto 20mg, and apart from only one night of extreme anxiety, I was fine.  One thing that bothered me this time around which I didn't have first time, was a long period of being flat - I just felt a nothingness - it wore off eventually.  But it really was fine and not something I couldn't cope with.

    K xx

    Maybe if you're unsure about bumping up, why not cut the tablets up and increase by just an extra half, making it 15mg.  Take that until you're settled then add in the next 5mg so you're up to 20mg.


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