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Hi, sorry, this is a bit of a disgusting discussion.. I've been on citalopram for 2 1/2 weeks now. Feeling great in myself! Feel fantastic! Only problem I've got is, since I've been taking them I've been experiencing terrible diarrhea in the mornings, and only in the mornings. If I could explain the consistancy of it, it's pretty much water with small (probably 5-10mm) pieces of excrement in it, but mostly water. There's no blood visible and I don't seem to be having any sort of stomach problems, I feel perfectly fine in myself. At first, I put it down to the amount of coffee I drink as previously I'd have really loose bowel movements whenever I had a cup of coffee in the morning, so I stopped my coffee, but the diarrhea continued. Yesterday was a bit of a relief, my poop was sort of soft, but not runny at all. I'm not getting any abdominal pain and it doesn't hurt to whipe myself (which it usually does every other time I've suffered with diarrhea). The diarrhea continues from about 8am up until about 11am, almost every morning without fail.. Obviously there's a cause for concern as I am taking my Citalopram for Anxiety. I understand that diarrhea is one of the common side effects but how long can these side effects last? I've got a visit with the doctor last week so obviously I'll bring up this issue I've been having, even if it stops by then. I just want to know if anyone else has suffered with this or if it's possible that I have IBS. I doubt it is IBS, that's just my anxiety telling me there's something wrong with me.. It would just be a bit of relief if I know of other people who have suffered the same (including the same type of diarrhea) as myself whilst taking this medication. I'm not sure how long the side effects last and I know it can vary from person to person, so I understand it could last a while for me. As I said, I never get constipation or any issues like that. I only suffered constipation shortly after my dad had a heart attack scare, which is also what triggered my anxiety leading to me being prescribed citalopram, which I'm taking 20mg daily of, by the way.
Thanks for any help or advice you can give me, if anyone knows of any OTC medications to cool the diarrhea please let me know, as long as I can use that medication with Citalopram it's worth giving it a try.
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