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I've been a reader of these forums for a few weeks now - VERY helpful! Unfortunately, I haven't come across a discussion that cover my 'messed up life'. So...here goes... and, I should add (in advance) that I'd be very grateful for any/all advice. Background: A few months ago, I was dx'd with depression/anxiety. My GPdoc prescribed Zoloft. I took zoloft for a week or two and had horrid side effects. I called the GP and he agreed that I should stop Zoloft. The GP then prescribed 20mg Citalopram (starting at 10mg then switching to 20mg after a week). I did this regimen for approximately 1 month. I then went to a Pdoc who thought I should be taking Lexapro (escitalopram) and switched me to that med (stopped taking 20mg of cit and took 10mg of escit instead - she operated under the assumption that escit had/has fewer side effects). The escitalopram seemed to cause tinnitus and jaw clenching - I asked to be switched back to citalopram. She agreed. I had taken the escit for several weeks.
NOW: I've been taking 20mg citalopram each morning for the past 5-6 weeks. I've had many side effects - poor sleep, lack of motivation, jittery, LOTS of increased anxiety. The Pdoc wants to up my dose to 30mg/day. I'm hesitant to increase - primarily because although I've had a couple of 'several day' episodes of feeling a bit better, the BIG problem I'm currently having is a big increase in my anxiety throughout the day (instead of just the morning as before...) It's this big jump in 'all day anxiety' that has me especially worried. Having read through many of your discussions, it seems that I'm early in a 'consistent' med regimen. However, I'm getting to my wits end and wondering if an SSRI is tolerable by me?
Please....I'd love to hear back from all the experience out there....
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