Sould I up dose

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Hi all

I start my 7th week on 20 mg of citalapram tomorrow still feel low and got anxiety and intrusive thoughts do I need to stick it out or see doc to up dose

Advice please

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    Hi,

    ​I been citalapram for about 10 years, started at 30mg and stuck to it,took a time, but i have a customer who was struggling on 20mg so i suggested she asked to me upped to 30mg and she said she felt so much better and could now function with everyday life, so i would suggest you go back and ask for it to be increased.  What have you got to lose x

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      its not a miracle cure you need to work with it, but after this time i would say you should feel some benefit and upping it by 10mg does not give the side effects when you started, it can be that simple,good luck
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    i would see the doctor, if a bigger dose is needed do it. You feel awful now if you feel it's to much you can taper off.
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    Mmm 7th week is early still as these meds take far longer to kick in than people realise.  I'd say usually around the 3-4 month mark you start seeing slight improvement - and yes, recovery can be really slow.

    On the other hand an increase might just do the trick.  It's always trial and error getting your dose just right to suit you and often it takes weeks to see which is best.

    Upping a dose doesn't guarantee the meds will work any quicker, but they might suit you better.

    These meds don't work like antibiotics or headache pills unfortunately - they take sooooo long so it's really worth sticking out as long as you can.

    K xx

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    Hi Don

    I spent 12 weeks on 20mg and felt somewhat better, but was still having fairly full on anxiety. I upped to 30mg with very minor side effects and definitely noticed an improvement.

    Citalopram takes a while to work, but it is worth it. I'm coming in to my eighth month on it and compared to when I first started citalopram, I feel fantastic. Still have the odd off day, but that's the joy of being human. ;-)

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    Hi Don

    I've been on citalopram for years and its has really stopped my depression.  I used to get intrusive thoughts too which go with my diagnosis of bipolar, so they put me on riseperidone too (an anti-psychotic), which really helped too.  The combination of the two meds is keeping me stable so I'd say stick with it a bit longer.  As far as dosage goes, I'm on 40mg citalopram, had to be increeased to this level to get the best effect.  I also use diazepam very occasionally but haven't taken any for over a week now.

    All the best

    Lizzie

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      Forgot to say, I also get anxiety with my bipolar, hence the diazepam, but its nowehere near as bad as many people on here get, for which I am thankful

      Lixxie

       

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