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18yr old girl here, I've been on citalopram for around 2 weeks, i started cutting them in half to be 10mg instead of 20mg at the start of taking the medication (made an appointment to get 10mg 2 days ago)

very recently i've had around 3 episodes (all in the evening) it starts out and my chest/shoulders being horribly tense then it gets hard to control my breathing, the next thing is my legs really start shaking and sometimes i felt a little cold. One of the times it happened i was in the car (passenger) and tried to get out but when i stood up, it was like i couldnt breathe in and immediately had to sit back down. (mum been there all times to help me thankfully) I had a similar one today at college (tightness on chest and shoulders) but since i was in public i managed to calm myself out of fear of being looked at and stuff, the tightness went away after around 20 minutes.

Another very recent thing is that i've been getting spasms in my body, around the chest and rib area. got one today in my exam and nearly walked out the class because that leaded to palpitations. There is also tightness near my underarms (where you tense your arm and you can feel the thin bone where the pits are) when i lean forward with my arms on a table for a while, or its like a bra squeezing you tight, it then disappears after a few seconds. I'm not sure if this could be a strain problem because of my schoolbag?

Anyways this is all scaring me a lot, especially the chest tightness and would like to know of anyone elses similar experiences...Thank you

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    Hi littlemissworry, I've just started week 7 of 10mg and have had all the symptoms you describe. On my second day I had panic attacks ( which I hadn't had for years ) and I felt 'wired' with adrenalin. Thankfully this forum provided me with lots of reassurance and answers to my questions. The side effects for me continued even into last week but they were not as strong as the first few weeks. There's a lovely person called Katecogs who sometimes reply to posts and she has been on this journey and has much experience on what we might go through, her advice to me was to try to stay with the dose I was prescribed and give it the best chance to work and to see recovery in months rather than weeks. Keep posting about your experience and you will get much help and support from the many people who have been down this road. I find mindfulness and cognitive behavioural therapy helpful. Stephen
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      You right Katecos is just amazing person

      she help me a lot too

      I don't know who to thank her :")

      all ppl here are amazing

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    I don't know if it's sued effect of anaxity becz of med or something else

    but which I know it's really too early to give up medication

    becz it's will work but u need to be pation

    2 weeks is just the beginning

    stuck to it wherever it's take bez evenly it will work

    take Dizepam to help u through anxiety when u need

    it help me a lot

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    Hi littlemissworry

    Everything you have described sounds normal it's all the side effects .

    Well done you for going about your daily business I was off work for 2 months!

    The first 3 weeks for me were awful but it does pass.

    Keep taking your meds I too started on 20mg.

    Good luck missy post on here it helped me massively.

    Debi x

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    Hi, It sounds like me when I had quite bad anxiety and I first started taking anti-depressants 'serontonin uptake meds' the physical symptoms you feel are identifcal tightness plus I would have irregular twitches every now and then yet once meds got into system they calmed down everything needs time to adjust doll Hnag in there give it a good few weeks month before seeing doc as the side effects can linger wink 

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