What's it used for?

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A couple of months ago my doctor put me on citalapram and told me it would help me with a nausea feeling in my stomach? I had an endoscopy a couple of weeks ago which showed gastritis, I also have IBS.

Does citalapram help when not used for anxiety/depression? I don't feel any different than I did before I started these tablets

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    Ummmmm .... no.  Not to my knowledge.  Strange medicine to be prescribed for nausea.  If anything, Citalopram will actually give you nausea, especially in the first few weeks.  Whether it helps in the long run, I'm not sure.  The main purpose for this medicine is depression and anxiety, and it's quite a drastic medicine at that too.

    I'm baffled.

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      I'm with you on this one Kate, can't understand why kimmi was prescribed a mind altering drug makes no sense.....see your GP again kimmi just to be sure
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    I think it is the 20mg I am on once a day. I used to also take amitriptyline again I was told this was for nausa and stomach problems!

    I was told in low doses it helps with the signals sent from the brain to the stomach but have not seen much improvement. I am not an anxious person so was confused to find out why they put me on this medicine!

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    I didn't have anxiety until being put on citalopram.  Why would your doctor put you on it for that??
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    As far as I was a aware Cit is for anxiety and depression, the only thing I can think is that your doctors thinks you have nausea due to anxiety, but if that's the case he really should have explained that to you.  I'd go back and see him again. 
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    I think and any doctor who prescribes a psychotropic drug for something purely physical like nausea needs to have his/her license revoked
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    Hi KimmyMac,

    Got me too! Does seem very strange, it may be worth getting a second opinion! No disrespects to your Doctor, but mine certainly knows everything she needs to know about prescribing Cita.

    Doctors, Bless em, are GPs General Practitioners, some do specialise, like mine, in areas of interest. If you are in the TQ12 postcode area I would recommend mine without hesitation!

    Hope yer better soon, try and have a good weekend!

    David

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    Thank you all for replying. I need to go back to my doctor on Monday anyway so will bring up about the citalapram. I've been to see a gastroenterologist as well and he never mentioned anything about me being on citalapram.

    I wouldn't like to find out my doctor has put me on a drug for anxiety/ depression without being told about it!

    Also a quick question... I had an operation on my nose 8 weeks ago and ended up unable to pass urine after so I have been stuck with a catheter ever since. I noticed one of the side effects of citalapram is urinary retention, would the citalapram cause this for so long? Has anyone else had this side effect?

    Thank you again x

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    No, but then I have not had a catheter fitted. It may be worth seeing (via here) if there is a forum for that and people with experience of it may be able to help!

    Regards,

    David

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    I wouldn't choose to be on this medicine, but only because it's helped my depression and anxiety.  This is a really fierce medicine, giving you many nasty and scary side effects and can actually give you anxiety initially.

    If I were you, I'd certainly not be taking it for nausea.

    Definitely go see your doctor again xx

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    Thank you for your replays.

    Yeah I never had the catheter until my nose operation and being unable to uriante they had to insert it. I was told by a nurse the retention could be a side effect of taking citalaparm.

    Thank you Kate, I am going to go see her in Monday and hopefully get everything sorted! xx

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