Should I up my dose?

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I've been on 20mg citalopram for 11 weeks and although feeling much better than I was, I still have the underlying anxiety. I've been seeing a counsellor for 5 weeks and this has certainly helped but I have my med review on Tuesday and obviously will ask the GP's opinion but was wondering if anyone had experiences they could share on upping their dose or if they think it may not be necessary.

I still get side effects of pins and needles in my hands/arms and trouble sleeping at night/disturbed sleep and have noticed tension returning in my shoulders more consistently than usual. Overall I'm better but I want to be fully well again.

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    I wouldn’t go up quite yet, it takes longer than you think for these tablets to fully work. Counselling is good, I think I did 10 sessions. This sounds a bit hippy (well I thought to to begin with!) but look into mindful breathing - it works really well when you’re feeling really anxious xxx good luck xxx
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    Hi. I was on 20mg for about 8 weeks. Like you I felt much better but was still aware of the anxiety particularly in the morning. I increased to 30mg and noticed a big difference with very minimal side effects...Just headaches a bit of nausea for a day or two. Defini8speak to your Dr but it's sounds like you are ready for an increase. Good luck

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    you may find that the dosages to be increased to 30 mgs
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