Symptoms when starting citalopram

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Hi everybody. I'd love to know whether anybody here has had a higher level of jitteryness/anxiety/panic when starting citalopram? I am on 20mg for a week and a half and it's freaking me out that I'm feeling more anxious! Also a bit spacey. Is this common?

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    Hi hope you're ok. Everything you're feeling is due to the meds getting in your system. I started 5 months ago on 20mg it took 3 weeks for things to calm down but I'm glad I stuck with it because I'm now feeling a lot better. Hang in their . Paul

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      I agree with Paul 

      Hang in there it does take a few weeks my anxiety got worse before it got better but I feel so good now things that bothered me before don’t now and I’m lucky I didn’t have any side effects I still that the zerk thing as I’m falling asleep which is more irritating than a problem but can live with that if I’m feeling good!

      I’m on 30mg so may be the dose as didn’t have it in 20mg 

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    Hiya lapislazuli,

    I'm afraid the jitters are common as are a bunch of other side effects like insomnia, dizziness etc.

    The side effects can take a couple of weeks to a couple of months to calm down. The average is 6 to 8 weeks so hang in there. Unless you're really unlucky it's all level out and you'll start feeling better soon. Hang in there, give it time and stay hopeful.

    Steve

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    Everything you are feeling is from the celexa, it's a rollercoaster ride for sure. What helped me get past those moments of uncertainty is telling myself its temporary and it's just celexa making me feel like this. It's been a little over 5 weeks for me. The first 3 were rough but you can feel when it starts to level out. I suffered from repeated panic attacks and I may have a blip here and there but its few and far in between. It makes it manageable when it does happen. Just keep thinking good thoughts and push through. No worries!

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    hi ,the symptoms that you are getting will be the side effects whilst the medication is building within your system.This will be like this for 6/8 weeks minimum ,and then start to fade away 
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