Starting Citalopram For The First Time

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Hi everyone, 

I'm new to this forum so first of all a big hello to you all! How are you all doing?

Just started Citalopram 10mg this month for anxiety/depression/ocd. I've previously been on other medications (Amitryptline, Sertraline and Flux) but have found these haven't helped much. 

I'm on Day 6 of citalopram and guess I'm finding it all quite tough and wanted to see how others were getting on. The main struggles are the heightened anxiety, tearfulness etc

Also got a very dry mouth and feel really awful in the morning when the anxiety hits along with panic, nausea and sickness. Generally don't have much of an appetite, but having a bit of bread and cheese when I can smile 

I know it sucks in the beginning and the key is to ride it out for about 5 weeks, but thought it would be nice to speak to others who are going through the same so we can all support each other during this adjustment period!

Please feel free to introduce yourselves and how you're tackling these side effects. I find doing puzzle books, colouring and spending time with the pets help

All the best X 

 

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    Hi Sandpiper, welcome! You sound very positive and strong, despite what you are experiencing, just know that this is temporary and you will settle as still early days. Keep a close eye on any side efforts and if you experience anything that doesnt feel right, double check with your doctor. Massages and gentle walks outside helps with the anxiety, lots of patience and time out helps too. Stay away from alcohol., especially whilst you are settling. You are not alone All the best to you.
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      Hi Paula,

      Thank you for your reply - hope you’re having a good weekend and you’re doing okay? Have you been on Citalopram long?  I think you’re right, patience and time is key and knowing that the horrid side effects will pass in time. Your words are very reassuring and hopeful so thanks for that, it’s much appreciated! 

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    hi there,every one who starts taking citrolopram will get side effects until the ssri builds up in your body .This will take roughly 6/8 weeks.  
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      Hi Marsh, I seem to be different from the norm, I have been on them a few times and each time I started them I felt the benefits straight away. Really confused me when I learnt on here how people were affected in the first few weeks. Unfortunately I have developed a sensitivity to them, and they have made me ill. Despite that I am in no doubt they help alot of people.
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    Welcome Sandpiper! 

    I just started my 16th week at 10mg. Unfortunately I had so many side effects. It was and is a roller coaster ride fir me, But I’m doing so much better. I take mine in the morning with breakfast. Start a daily journal. So you can look back at how well you have improved. I also recommend to cut caffeine and alcohol out of your diet. Take your headphones and listen to music and go for a walk each day. Not to late at night. Also meditation helped me a lot. Breathing techniquesI would not of been able to do it without the wonderful people in this forum. Please keep us posted of how you are doing. 

    Will😎

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      Hey Will,

      Sorry to hear you’ve had a tough time, it really is a rollercoaster! But does sound like you’re doing much better than you were which is so so positive.

      I love  the idea of buying a journal and seeing how far I’ve come! In fact I think I’ll buy one today smile I’m on day 7 now, which is early days so need to tell myself that when the scary anxious thoughts arrive - it is so hard isn’t it?.

      Thanks for all your support guys, you’re all so strong and we’re all here to support one another! 

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    Hello!

    Welcome smile I’ve been on it for 37 days now (although the first 10 were on 5 mg and I swear did nothing so I don’t count them lol) 

    I think I’ve had every possible side effect, it’s definitkey been a strange and scary process, but my panic attacks are gone which is amazing.. and I would wake up anxious and be anxious until I went to bed and that’s mostly all gone! It did get worse fit be before better the first couple weeks.. still have some weird sensations in my head, unmotivated (not typical for me) and super tired and low energy (also very untypical for me) so I’m just trying to remind myself to be tough and make it to that 8 week mark and judge from there! 

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      Hi Dee, 

      Thanks for your message, sorry to hear you had a tough couple of weeks but it sounds like you’ve been through the worst. Amazing news that you’re waking up without the anxiety! 

      Think I’m on day 10 now - have noticed things seemed to have ramp up past couple of days. Mornings are the worst! I will power through though, pain before gain springs to mind smile 

      I hope you are doing well and hope that things continue to improve for you smile

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    Hi everyone,

    I hope you are all well. Just thought I’d update - I’m now on week six of citalopram 10mg , the first four to five weeks have been very tough but there have been some moments where the OCD and depression don’t seem as bad. I’m now entering week six - this past weekend, I have felt like my old self which felt wonderful, but today it’s crashed down again. I guess what I’m wondering is if it’s normal to get really good days where you feel like your old self, and feel like you’re back to square one again the next day. Does this show that the meds are working in these early stages in anyone’s experience?

    Thanks in advanced!

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