what can I take instead of citalopram?

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Hello,

Can anyone recommend another med instead of citalopram with fewer side effects and an easy transition minus the withdrawal symptoms?

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    Hi have you thought of Setraline? I don't know why you need it but apparently is as good for anxiety as Citalopram but less of an issue for a cardio perspective.
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      Thanks Chalky, I have seen that one mentioned a lot in the forum and it is another ssri. It's interesting because I think citalopram is beginning to give me side effects that I never had before like breathing problems. If sertraline is easier on the heart it may be a possibility. Seeing my GP soon.

      Many thanks and best wishes to you.

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    Hi

    Unfortunately everybody is different and while some people suffer little or no side effects from a certain med other people have bad side effects.

    Years ago I was on fluoxetine it took me three attempts to get through the first 4 weeks because of the horrendous side effects.

    However when I did push through the 4 weeks they worked well for many years.

    Sertraline I tried last year on 50 and 100 mg for 3 months. They made me suicidal . But I know two other people on sertraline that had little or no side effects from them.

    I was then swapped to mirtazapine and the only side effect was wanting to eat a lot more.

    I didn't taper. I was on 100mg of sertraline. Swapped straight to 30 mg mirtazapine over night.

    You just have to try a new anti depressant and see how it effects you. You could ask your gp for something to take during the transition. Ie diazepam to help combat the side effects while you swap over

    Best wishes Rich

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      Thanks rich,

      Yes it's horrible changing meds, the side effects seem to go on for ever. Using diazepam during the transition sounds good.

      Many thanks and best wishes to you.

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    I love ale escitalopram it's in the same family of citaloram my doctor said but better for anxiety and I get no side affects
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    I take I mean lol
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      Thanks lee,

      Yes I knew what you meant lol. That is supposed to the updated version of citalopram, I think. I'll look it uP. Many thanks. Take care.

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    I swapped citalopram to escalopram. With. You side effects. Just on a stronger dose escalopram. ( that's me at the moment though).
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    Beginning of December. I had to reduce to 20mg then I swapped, took a week or so for transition. But feel so much better now than I did. Best thing I ever did
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