starting tomorrow...scared

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hi have already posted as a reply elsewhere re this...but didnt make myself to clear.

Been feeling really down, confused..anxious and surreal lately. also quite aggresive for no reason. Went to docs today..he prescibed citalopram..may start taking tomorrow.

Has anyone else felt these feelings before taking the citalopram..and ultimately found that these horrid anxiuos feelings have started to go..and now feel better from having them??

also are these symptoms i describe typical of depression?

would really love to hear from somebody in the same boat...or someone who has been through this.....really scared of taking them....thankyou for taking time to read this..aly :roll:

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    the first thing you must realise is that you are not alone! we are all in this together. No two people suffer the same symptoms of depression but hey yeh it does sound like it to me. don't be frightened of taking the meds they can change your life. When i started taking citalopram it knocked me out flat and i wondered how i was going to function. You do get used to them any side effects soon wear off. I never read the leaflets with the side effects on as they list every side effect anybody in the world has suffered they have to but this makes it sound really bad and it's not. I hope this helps feel free to keep in touch with me and remember you are never on your own even though it feels like it sometimes x
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    thankyou joey.

    feeling horrid today..3rd day..sick and headache aching joints...makes me a little scared.

    hoping these feelings are the norm..the headache is like a dull sickly headache..very strange, feel jittery too.

    did you experience this joey??

    take care and thanks again x

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    Hi prescribed this last night, but after reading leaflet of side effects and all the posts on this site I am oo afraid to take it. It seems to make people feel awful.Has anyone not had any effects from taking this tablet.
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    Hi X Guest,

    I was prescribed 20mg per day ten days ago and have been taking the meds everymorning, I am pleased to say that I have had no side effects as a result.

    When I was prescribed I also read the leaflet an was worried about all the side effects, they list so many it is bound to make you feel afraid, I was, but I felt it was worth a go to feel better, and dont forget you can always call your doctor if you are feeling that they are not suitable for you.

    I understand that you feel worried and are not sure what you are letting yourself in for, that is only natural but try and see it as a positive step to make you feel better.

    Also it is very easy to look at peoples experiences and get the impression that all is bad, I also read this site and I feel that there are more negatives than positives. By the nature of this medication it is not pescribed to people who feel on top of the world anyway, so their experience may be totaly their own interpretetion of what they are going through, and may not relate to your situation.

    Take heart from the fact that not everyone feels poorly,rough,or bad on the tablet, just stay positive and think how it is going to make you feel better.

    I wish you all the best

    New Guy

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    hey

    I have been on citalopram 40mg for years... well 5yrs in fact and I have been very lucky with no side affects. As the others have said they have to list it in the information notes as a precaution... covering their bums basically!!! I think citalopram is kinda too widely available by doctors nowadays and also us patients hate that stereotype word ANTI-DEPRESSANTS. it makes us worry what other people think, hence this website being great

    I may get the odd headache but nothing a soluable paracetamol don't cure. What time do you take your tablet? As I take mine last thing at night just before bed, then I have a good nights sleep. You should always take your meds about the same time of day as that helps!!

    I hope this is a little more information for you and wish you the very best!!

    ellie

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    hi ally,

    yeh i did and still do sometimes what time are you taking your meds i found i could not function taking them in a morning so started taking them at night as i get into bed.it was loads better you really sleep well and i think maybe have less side effects this way.

    It did take me a good while to get used to taking citalopram weeks in fact

    but i find i only have the occasional bad day now when i do i just need to sleep whatever time of day it is. The sleep makes me feel a lot better i sort of sleep the side effects away.

    I think these tabs are desingned to slow you down and if your carrying on as normal your sort of fighting against them so give in occasionally and have some me time relaxing.

    Keep going Ally they helped me greatly x

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    hi i suffer with migraines has any suffered more migraines while taking this. I have yet to start taking it.
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    thanks joey and all of you. we must all persevere...and keep posting on 6th day now..not so bad i suppose..hope this is encouragement to xguest and all others.

    take care all aly xx

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    Hi x guest

    I had a lot of headaches and the occasional migraine before Citalopram and havent had any since. I dont know if it is as a direct result of the Citalopram but I am definitely less stressed now so that could explain why they've gone. Good luck x

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    Hi, I was prescribed Citalopram yesterday and i am starting on 10 mgs for a few days and then increasing to 20 mg. My GP explained the long term commitment required and then need for councilling and that I need to take it for at least a month before I may feel better. Shocked but relieved I came home to explain all to my husband and teenage sons, who have all been very accepting. The information leaflet freaked me out so I then went straight on line and discovered this web site to learn all the things he didn't tell me. The side effects seem endless, though reading this its all put into greater perspective (didn't think i was capable of that at the moment). Today, I havn't cried yet and have been out for a walk. Have the half term off this week but am dreading returning to work (in a school), next week,especially if the side effects catch up with me and I need time off. My Gp said if I cannot make it to work, then stay in bed and rest. I am wondering if I should warn my manager that I am taking the medication and risk being judged (and gossiped about), in case I do need some time off or if I should just not say anything and if I do need time off, just self certify??? Am I worrying about something which may never happen????
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    Hi X Guest, yes, I've been on this for nearly 3 weeks now, on 10mg, and I haven't experienced any side effects so far (apart from feeling a little weird the first time I took one...which may or may not have even been related to the meds). I've just been upped to 20mg a day, starting tomorrow, so I'll see if side effects start with a stronger dose - but so far, here's at least one person who hasn't experienced any of the LONG list of nasty side effects we're told about.

    And to Aly - yes, I was quite nervous/scared when I got precribed them, before I started taking them...and the first few days I suppose I was holding my breath, waiting for something bad to happen with them. So you're definitely not alone. I guess you were prescribed them about the same time as I was?

    x

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    hi frogerella. yes was prescribed about 2 and a half weeks ago. havent noticed anything yet..takes time i guess,just tension headaches.

    nothing to serious with side effects like yourself. just hope they soon start to make us feel better?!

    take care fingers xed!

    aly x

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