Splitting dose of citalopram- any thoughts?

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Hi, I'm gutted that my GP has advised me to increase the dose of my citalopram from 20mg to 30mg. I had awful side effects on starting up and when I increased to 20mg.

My GP said some people take their usual dose at night which I already do and take the other 10mg in a morning. Has anyone found this helps minimise side effects or is it better to just take the whole.lot at night and get on with it?

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    Hi Gerry moo,

    What sort of side effects do you get?

    I take my dose in the mornings (20mg).

    I don't have any side effects now especially with not sleeping.

    Hope you can find a solution, it does take time for the dosage to settle.

    Best wishes.

    C

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    Hi Gerry!  Its me again!!!

    Ok, I dont know anything about increasing to 30 but have gone from 10 to 20 which did cause increased side effects.  I take mine in the morning when I get up. Im not sure I would split it, probably just grin and bear it although feeling like I do this morning, I would rather not bother with it at all!! 

    However, if the GP has said its ok to do then it might be worth a go.  You cant possibly feel any worse than you already do so on that note, go for it.  Im always here if you need me xx

    Oh, just another thought. On the 'anyone not had any side effects on citilopram' forum on here, there was a lady called Anne and she had to increase right up to 40 but she suddenly felt better and better.  Im not sure if youve seen that discussion but its about 143 pages long with about 4000 messages.  Ive actually read the whole lot and it does help.  x

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      Hi Debbie,

      Started on citalopram 10mg which I had for 3-4 weeks, anxiety came back so told to increase to 20mg which I've been on nearly 4 months. As you know it's come back again but due back at work. Now told to increase to 30mg, I'm really fed up at the thoughts of those horrible side effects again , let's hope I get lucky hey. I've got nausea and constant tingling in my legs which gp said is anxiety.

      I've always taken it at night so will probably do this Saturday there seemed to be a pattern to the side effects.

      Wow Debbie- 143 pages !! Enlighten me please !!

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      Right, if you google 'Anyone not had any side effects on citilopram', it will come back to this site and will go straight on to the discussion.  It took me two weeks to read the whole thing but helped immensely.  Pretty much everyone struggled, some for days, some for weeks, some for months but they all appear to have got there in the end.  I guess that as they got better, they disappeared off of the forum, probably because they didnt want to be reminded of how crappy they felt.  Others have stuck around and help out with us newbies!!!  Without that discussion, I am sure I would have given up the cit by now, believe me x

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    Hey, my doctor told me the same thing lol, but she said to take 20 in morning 10 in evening. I am 6 weeks 3 days in on 30 and still not feeling well, I am afraid when I go see her again in 2 weeks she gonna increase mine also, and I'll be in the same boat. But my doc did say if u split doses it does help a lot with the side efffects.

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      I am actually gonna split my dose today gonna take 20 and then 10 see how it goes, I just can't deal with this anxious and anxiety it's driving me crazy.

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      So I started on 10mg back in like June then went to 20 4 weeks later and I was on 20 till November 26 which at that time I increased it to 30mg, to be honest every time I did an increase the side effects got worse and worse, when I first got on 30mg the first few weeks were not bad at all, it's been the last 3 weeks that has been such a roller coaster ride.

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      About 5 months, I was ok on 20 and then my anxiety came back so I just pushed threw it then I started noticing I didn't want to do anything, and everything I wanted to do became a fear, so went back to doctors in a complete panic and she said to increase to 30 and it could be that I just need more, so here I am on 30mg with the same issue still what I have noticed though is before the 30mg I would fall into anxiety mode then fall into panic mode, the panic attacks are now gone, the anxiety is still there though but seems like I can manage it better. So the meds are doing something just not as fast as I want them too. My doctor said she won't change nothing till 8 weeks on 30mg before she decides is a decrease or increase is needed.

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      That was my exact problem when I was on 20 I was still managing work life leaving the house just with anxiety and panic. Now I don't wanna leave. I guess it's pretty much a guess, but she says being on them for months and still not feeling good is mostly like that an increase is needed.

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      I'm really fed up as been off work since mid August and was hoping to go back this week. Feel.like putting up with it as don't know if I can face the side effects. I don't have panic attacks but have symptoms of anxiety.

      Have you read any Kate cogs stuff on here. She talks about blips and riding it out till it.passes.

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      No I haven't. I did talk to another person though and they also split their dose up and they had little not no side effects. So I am trying that today and see how this week will work. Same I wanted to start work today but there is no way I can function like this, so here is to another week off.

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      I just did this great big response and my iPad crashed!!

      will try again!  

      I would try and see how it goes, you feel crappy anyway so just go for it and have the Valium when needed.  You and Sanja are my guinea pigs...I'm going to wait and see what you guys feel like before I maybe move up. I'm such a woos!!  But I've also got to wait out the period as well just in case that's caused the blip. I also had another thought...the menopause!  I'm 48 now and there is always the possibility that this is starting! Who'd be a woman!! X

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      good luck, it will be ok x you can't feel any worse as you're already on the 30. ITs a shame we are all over the world as maybe it would have been nice to meet up...or maybe we would drive each other up,the wall with our issues, who knows!! 

      Me, you and Gerrymoo (rhymes!) need to stick together. We will be fine x

      Im off to cbt now, see what they have to say! X

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      I've read Kate cogs stuff and yommymommy and they are both so helpful.  Hopefully they will see our plight!, x

      please try and go to work tomorrow. Even if you get there and feel the need to go again, just try.  I was fine at work last week but this morning I had to keep getting up and pacing about. I'm better this afternoon, as usual, but just see how you go. It's going to be hard but we are here for you x

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      Debbie I can't just come and go like that. I work.for the NHS and it's all highly structured. I've got a meeting at work tomorrow though but gp has signed me.off for another month. Thanks for the support. I might just try going up by 5mg not sure about this blip thing

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      I understand. It's harder for you. With me, I used to own a car repair garage but sold it last year to the two mechanics that work there.  I stayed on as they have no idea how to do the accounts etc.  But it was on the understanding that my kids come first and that I would come and go as I please which was fine with them. Don't get me wrong, I don't just walk out on them but if I need to go, they understand completely. I'm very lucky in that respect.

      good luck at your meeting, you will be fine x let me know how you get on. Hopefully another month off and an increase will do the trick. Just take it easy. I've sent you a private message about the cbt! X

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