Switching to citalopram

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Hi smile So I'm kind of new to this, I've only been on antidepressants for a couple of months... I started on sertraline but it was making me worse, so I switched to citalopram, which is, fingers crossed, better so far...Does anyone else have experience of switching meds? I've heard that it happens a lot but I don't know how quickly the new ones are supposed to kick in...?

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    I don't have any experience of actually switching during treatment. However, I have had experience of the difference between Seroxat and Citalopram. Seroxat was much more diffcult to get used to and had the problematic effect of making me over-confident and inclined to do and say things I never would have done beforehand. Citalopram had far fewer problems and kept me on an even keel until I could cope well enough to come off it. It took about a month to get to that stage.

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    John

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    Thanks for the information, that's really good to know smile

    Hannah

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    Dear Hannah

    I am so pleased to have found your post. I think it may even help me to get out of bed today. I was on prozac for 5 years but it seemed to stop working. i came off it cold turkey for about 3 weeks and actually started to feel better. suddenly the depression came back so the doc put me on to Sertraline, i would say for 4 weeks i felt nothing at all not even bad side effects. After 7 weeks i suddenly crashed into awful depression, the worst that i have ever had, infact i have been in bed now for 2.5 weeks and cannot stop crying or having dreadful thoughts. The doc stopped my Sertraline 5 days ago and now wants me to go on to citalopram, i am scared stiff to do this. I just realy want to know how you are feeling now and how long did the citalopram take to work. I can't believe i am writing in these forums i feel like a drug adict.

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    Hi Beth,

    I'm really glad if my post has helped, even a little bit - I know it's nice to know other people are going through the same stuff. So yes, I switched from sertraline after 5 weeks, and I've now been on citalopram for nearly 2 months. It's obviously different for different for everyone, but personally I found that sertraline actually made me worse, whereas citalopram seems to be working, fingers crossed! I did have a bit of a setback last week, but in general it's made me remember what it's like to feel normal! I would recommend you give it a go, but obviously it's your decision. Good luck, whatever you choose to do!

    Hannah

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    Hi Beth,

    I'm really glad if my post has helped, even a little bit - I know it's nice to know other people are going through the same stuff. So yes, I switched from sertraline after 5 weeks, and I've now been on citalopram for nearly 2 months. It's obviously different for different for everyone, but personally I found that sertraline actually made me worse, whereas citalopram seems to be working, fingers crossed! I did have a bit of a setback last week, but in general it's made me remember what it's like to feel normal! I would recommend you give it a go, but obviously it's your decision. Good luck, whatever you choose to do!

    Hannah

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    Thank you Hannah. Its hard isn't it. I'm so happy for you that you are using that word 'normal' I long to feel normal. i so hope all goes well for you, we've gotta keep trying x
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    Thank you Hannah. Its hard isn't it. I'm so happy for you that you are using that word 'normal' I long to feel normal. i so hope all goes well for you, we've gotta keep trying x
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