Should Iincrease dose been on 10mg for 4 weeks no improvement?

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Wondering if i should slightly increase dose to 15mg. Originally on cit for couple months for intrusive thoughts and anxiety from zop withdrawal. Swapped to sertraline because hair problems but made me worse. Back on cit fir 4 weeks, just seem to have gained some additional intrusive thoughts last week or so and not seeing any improvement. First time round it did seem to slightly improve things. just wondering how long to leave before try slightly higher dose, bit wary as first couple weeks were awful but don't want to stay on too low dose if its not going help me?

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    im currently on 10mg cit ive been taking it for 1 week (3 days ) and to be honest with you i feel like im not much better than i was before i had to take a week off work due to side effects most of them have seemed to pass im wondering if i should take the full 20mg instead of half? or is it to early im in a really bad way ( a little better than i was ) i had a crisis just before christmas and it seems to all im thinking about. before i was on the tablet i was crying every day and was thinking of just driving into a lampost i just need help im only 28 ive suffered a bad child hood i feel like a faulure in life

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      Hi James.

      The first two weeks at least of starting Citalopram or changing the dose are usually not very nice. After 11-14 days both times on the medication these symptoms wore off for meand the anxiety gets less and less. Have you been taking for a week and 3 days or just 3 days?

      I would stick with 10mg, don't change dose when you're in the first few weeks. It takes weeks not days for Citalopram to work properly. What you are experiencing now is completely normal and most of us on this forum have been through it or are currently going through it like you are.

      Try mindfullness meditation apps - breathing really does help. Could you ask your GP for something like Propranolol to help reduce your physical symptoms whilst the Citalopram kicks in? That's what I am doing as I have recently changed dose to 20mg and the Propranolol really helped me.

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      thank you for your replyy doctor started me on 20mg not even 10mg because of my traumatic permanent event that just come before new years eve and i couldnt controll myself ive never been on depression tablets but i had to do something has my whole life was changed and i would of lost everything i took the full 20mg tablet the first day but i woke up the next day and almost felt like i was having a heart attack and because of my situation i couldnt feel that much worser than i already do so i cut the tablet in half and have done for 10 days my side effects seek ti he going but im really feeling any better any advice would be great im driving everyone around me crazy and ive never felt so down in my whole life

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    I am on cit for three weeks tomorrow and I have taken it before. I had three good days and then bam it hit again this am and today has been a blah day with my mind racing, nervous stomach, and very anxious. I take 20 mg so I completely understand how you feel. I hope upu feel better soon.

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      Thanks, I'm hoping 15mg will help, wanted to stay on 10mg, but after previously trying it for 2 months then for a month this time without it helping and symptoms getting slightly worse felt given it a good go. Very trial and error depending what your symptoms are I think, whether because mine all caused by zopiclone withdrawal the 10mg not quite high enough I don't know, as it;s only small increase hoping won't be too bad! Hope you soon improve.

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    why is everyone arguing we are all suffering with the same issues or we wouldnt be here support eachother its the least we can do for eachother

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