still getting bad anxiety after 9 weeks on citalopram 40mg.

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I wondered if anybody else has had bad bouts of anxiety after being on this medication after this long. I have been back work for 5 weeks after being on the sick for 3 months. making me feel more anxious now. maybe i need to change meds. Would very much appreciate any advice.

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    Hi Frill, do go back to your doctor for a review.  Sometimes Cit doesn't suit and it may be necessary to change to another type of med, or alternatively it may be that 40mg is too high a dose for you personally and needs lowering.  Please dont suffer in silence, your doctor needs to know it's not working right so they can adjust your meds to suit your personal needs.  Cit does take a while to settle down and balance out but at 9 weeks you would normally be seeing the benefits, so it probably needs reviewing sooner rather than later.  Good luck
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    Hi Frill, Im in a similar boat to you, i had 8 weeks at 20mg, then the last 3 weeks on 30mg, im very up and down still, this week has been horrible, but the previous 2 I was in a pretty good place, I have read that it can be a very bumpy ride on cit, and it certainly is for me, im going to continue on 30mg till 8 weeks are completed, then go up to 40mg if need be, then if that isnt having the desired effect I suppose ill have to change meds..... all the best....Luke
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      Hi Luke just spoke to doc she said I need to wait until I've had counselling before changing my meds. Sorry your having a bumpy time too every ones different aren't they.
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    Hi frill

    This medicine takes quite a while to work, and think 9 weeks is till early days - but you're nearly there.  I'd continue for quite a while yet - people take different times to react to Cit.

    Its such a slow process - and you'll get blips along the way.  Happened to me.  I'd feel ok, then wham, the anxiety came back.  It would ease and I'd start feeling good again, to find another anxiety bout later on.  This happened until the good days got more and more, and the anxiety became no more.

    Seems this is often the route to recovery.

    K xx

     

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      Hi katecogs thanks for message glad I'm not the only one. You think your doing okay then wham you end up with bad anxiety again. Will try to go work tomorrow see how it goes.like you say everyone's different.
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      Hi Kate sounds like you've had success at managing or ridding your anxiety...what else worked for you apart from citalopram? 
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      Hi David

      Yes I've be rid of my illness for years now. I had depression and anxiety for years and thought I'd never get better, but I did :-)  Before I was better I was on Anafranil which is a tricyclic anti depressant, but that didn't help much, and Diazepam just took the edge off.  I had counselling too, but I didn't get better until I started another SSRI.  Eventually I switched drugs to Citralopram as it the one I was on was discontinued.  Books by Dr Clare Weeks are worthwhile reading too - Self Help for your Nerves, More Help for your Nerves ..... she explains it in very simple terms and takes the scariness out of it all.

      So for me, it was Citralopram all the way!!  It takes quite a while, so patience is needed.

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