I'm currently on citalopram, my first dosage was 20mg and i didn't find it was helping so it was increased to 40mg.
When i first started taking it, i felt ill and since iv been on it i have various days of having stomach pains and feeling ill. One of the side affects im getting is that im constantly tired even after a 8+ hour sleep and im finding it hard to get to sleep a night. It can take me up to 3 hours for me to fall asleep.
I personally don't feel its helping me at all, i actually think it made me worse. But meds work differently for different people, i truely hope it helps you in some way :smile:
Hi I'm also on 40mg citaprolam. I've been taking it for over 2 years but feel so bad now I'm going to ask my doctor if I can try something else, it's either stopped working or I've gotten too depressed. Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas?! Would a change of A-D actually help? :mellow:
Yeah I was the same, it feels awful at first (just don't FORGET to take one for 48 hours - it feels even worse! :ohmy but it does settle down. 2 weeks sounds about right. After that you should be feeling much better!!
The psychiatrist took me off the fluoxetine (prozac) and put me on this tablet. I'm so disappointed as I've been on the prozac for three years and I had NO side effects from it. Er.. I'm hoping that this one makes a drastic change. Does it cause sedation?
Ruby: I got really drowsy in the second week I was taking it - I was falling asleep everywhere, but that phase didn't last thank goodness. I've been on it just under a month now but I'm not seeing much improvement yet, at this dosage, at least.
Citalopram's not particularly new - it was originally introduced as the brand-name Celexa, but is now out of patent and available in generic forms. You definitely shouldn't be taking it at the same time as Prozac as both are SSRIs, doing more or less the same thing in your brain, and you could end up with serotonin syndrome. They have pretty similar mechanisms of actions, though according to my doctor (who to be honest I don't have a lot of faith in) the Citalopram is the more selective for the serotonin system. Good luck!
I'm on 40mg Citalopram. Been on that for 8 months. Was on 20mg for 12 months before that. I feel addicted now. Side effects? Lethargy. Extreme oscillating moods through the day. Unpredictable panicky feelings (which were meant to decrease) - difficult to describe the sensation, but it's unnerving.
After six weeks I can definitely say that 20mg daily of Citalopram isn't working for me at all. I'm heading back to the GP tomorrow to discuss it, but I suppose the first thing she'll want to try is raising the dose. Has anybody seen improvements at a higher dose when they got nothing at their starting dose?
An increased dose has helped somewhat 'sorry mozart' in answer to your question. Bear in mind that each individual responds differently. I didn't notice any real change on the 20mg. Since 40mg, I have had times of feeling awful, but have not sought out the attention of my doctor.
Well, as of today, I've been cranked up to 40mg. It was the first time I managed to get through the appointment without bawling my eyes out (a few minor sniffles, but I can live with that). Please please please please let it give me the strength to dig myself out of this hole. One thing the GP said to me is that I should have a much lower threshold for coming back to her from now on, and not to try to get through the awful times alone. Maybe that would be good advice for you too, Mike25?