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#1 I'm getting there

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Posted 03 November 2006 - 10:31 AM

Doc prescribed me 20mg a day,

day 1 tired, woosey, sickly, bad taste in mouth

day 2 very tired, not as sickly, dizzy, just lied down all day but couldn't sleep. relaxed,

day 3 not as tired, not as sickly, dizziness going away

day 4 not tired, not sickly, dizziness gone and my mood has increased loads, even went out on my own and drove the car which is very unusual for me, feel like i could face the outside world now, not all of it but a small bit and it's a start.

the shaking has almost gone away, it's still hanging round but then seems to disapear and can't get hold of me, i know it's still early days but the side effects have been worth going through. i felt like i was gona have a panic attack when driving but then got a numb feeling and the attack went away. strange feeling but good,

i feel so much more relaxed, don't know if it's a placebo effect but i don't care, it works for me. i'm still panicky when i go out but not as much, think i just need to re-train my brain to understand that it's ok to go out, spent so long getting stressed about going out that it's become a bad habit.

will update again in another week

Love Nicola xx :D

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Posted 05 November 2006 - 05:19 AM

Nicola,

Sounds like it's working well for you. From what I know about citalopram you seem to be having typical side effects, and not too bad either. I too noticed changes in my mood within the first week. The side effects have been well worth it for me too, and they do subside. I hope it continues to work for you, and gets even better.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 09:04 AM

I'm now upto day 10

my mood has lifted loads, still have the bad days, the panic attacks try to come on me but then disapear,

been driving more and actualy went into a shop on my own, couldn't believe i did it, but i did, all the side effects seem to have gone ie, the dizziness, sickness, tiredness,

i still have the shakes a little but i guess Rome wasn't built in a day,

got to take the kids to watch WWE Raw Wrestling live in Manchester on Monday so i guess that's my big test to see if the meds work with the anxiety, trying not to think about that too much just yet,

i'm still thinking about things too much which gets me stressed but not as stressed as i was, but i guess thats a bad habit i need to get out of, :?

been practicing breathing and relaxing exercises when i drive which seem to work, until i get stuck in a traffic jam then it seems to go wrong, i still get the anxiety rush and shake but manage to hold things together more than i use to, i sit in the car breathing and singing, i must look a right nut case to other people who can see me but i don't care, it seems to be working,

just hope things carry on getting better,

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Posted 15 November 2006 - 09:45 AM

I'm now upto day 16 of Citalopram 20mg,
My mood is great, i'm getting out of the house on a daily basis, my anxiety has eased loads, i still shake a little when i get stuck in traffic but the panic attacks seem to have gone, i am more rational, i now have answers for my fears.

had a few bad days but all in all i would say i have improved 99%

the side effects have disapeared,

hope this helps others who are starting this med


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Posted 19 March 2007 - 06:47 PM

Thanx for the info Nicola - I have just started the pescription today, so far have funny feeling in my tummy. Will keep reading over your posts and compare with my days. So helpful of you to lists the effects over time!

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Posted 22 March 2007 - 08:57 AM

Just to compare my side effects with Nicola's - today got the migraine from hell - it started last night. Today day 4 and feel kind of spacey.

Day 1 was fine, day 2 no anxiety just pleasant feeling, day 3 felt slight panic in class that I would either throw up or faint - so opened a window and said I felt hot to the students.

Think its going ok, its blocking the anxiety that crippled me, actually started singing yesterday but not drinking at all - daren't. No alcohol a big thing for me too.

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Posted 24 March 2007 - 10:26 AM

Just thought i would update for day 6 - feel really strange this morning. Kind of dreamy, funny cotton wool like feeling in my throat and cant focus properly. Colours even brighter than they were the other day. Hope this passes - feel like I am on acid or something (not that I ever tried it!)

Anyone else on this form of antidepressant?
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Posted 24 March 2007 - 12:18 PM

((((Rosie))))

Hope the side effects go away SOON.

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Posted 27 March 2007 - 12:08 AM

((((Rosie))))! yes, i am on citalopram, 40 mg, have been for years. have had no problems, no complaints. it took about 2 weeks for the side effects to subside. i drank a lot of water, and that seemed to help a lot.

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Posted 28 March 2007 - 07:25 PM

Funny you should say the water thing oldblackdog as I have been drinking water like a fish and it helps with the weird panicky feelings. This week on day 9 feeling much better and hardly any side effects. Was a bit grumpy this morning, but I think that is just me. lol

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Posted 30 March 2007 - 09:03 AM

Rosie

i have only just read your posts as i haven't been around for a while. what you say sounds like normal side effects.

I've been on citalopram for 5 months now, the side effects have gone away, i don't have panic attacks anymore, i just get a weird tingling senation instead of the panic attack,

the doc had to up the dose to 40mg 2 weeks ago, 20mg was not enough for me after being on them for over 4 months i needed the next dose up.

i feel more relaxed about driving and going outside, i don't seem to panic as much, i can see the logical side to things now, i also started singing after a few weeks of taking citalopram,

i urmmm struggle to orgasm but my husband is ok with that as he gets longer sex sessions :cunning:

i still get bad days sometimes but thats normal, no one has perfect days every day, i still have strange dreams and still have days where i drink alot of water, just can't quench my thirst,

i have kept a diary since starting meds, everyday i make a note and grade my feelings, my mood is now 8/10 instead of 0/10, i find this helps me to see how things are working for me.

keep us updated how things go.

Love Nicola x

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 07:35 PM

HI Nicola,
I like the grading your moods, I haven't done that, but now I think I will. I just noticed a general improvement all round, haven't been horrendously hormonal with PMS either. I have noticed the decrease in sex drive, but my friend assures me it won't last and that things will get back to normal.

Today I had to drive through Birmingham, which usually gets me over anxious. I got lost going home and YET again ended up going through Star City and then miles and miles of roundabouts until Minworth then home. But I KEPT MY COOL, enjoyed the sunny day, sang with the radio and smiled at other drivers, which is totally GREAT. I would normally have been in tears, driving like a mad woman and been all trapped wind and sick when finally getting home. Yuck.

Think this thread has been invaluable to me. Thanx
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 07:44 PM

Hello!

I found you all on Sunday when I was having a really bad day. I started on Cipramil 6 weeks ago and had been doing really well. Then, on Sunday I was just like I used to be - hypersensitive and distraught when something went wrong. I thought I needed to increase my dose. But yesterday and today, I feel good again. Is this normal?

Also, I have been drinking wine and beer during the last 2 weeks. Do you think I have to stay off the booze completeley now? For how long?

Lots of love and relief to have found this site

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Posted 15 April 2007 - 09:59 PM

HI Sal,
I am learning as i go along too, i am anxious tonight, but that is because i am going back to work tommorow. I found i did not have the capacity to drink like i did, one glass of wine and i'd be wanting a cup of tea.

On Friday though, i got drunk with my sister who i havent seen for couple years and boy was i ill. Might have been the alcohol for sure, but i felt so ill and sick. Not sure the alcohol and these meds mix well.

I have been on for over a month now, so i will look out for changes Sal and report them back.

Take care,
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Posted 18 April 2007 - 05:05 AM

hi, im new here.

ive been taking Citalopram for about four years now. it helps i think.

i take one a day 20mg, but im allowed to take two if i get really bad days.

the other good thing about them is they are not addictive and you can take yourself off them without fear of making yourself ill like many pills.

and you can also take other meds with them.

i hear good things about that pill.

hugs xxxxxxx winter

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Posted 25 April 2007 - 09:47 PM

OMG (((Im getting there)))

I have gone through the same side affects!! Today i woke up at 4am and couldnt get back to sleeplike the day before . Had abit of a drosy feeling mid afternoon but i think im 7-8 days of taking them and have noticed sickness has gone and i had my worst fear confront me today - my ex came over to talk. BUT the butterflies in the stomach have gone !!!!!!
I felt composed and calm (although i have spent all afternoon wishing i had said this or that and sat by mobile hoping for a text that never arrived) - but i felt calm and not anxious really.

Result !!! and i was giving the meds till Friday and was going to give them up as the side affects scared the crap out of me!!!

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 02:12 AM

I got given these 2 weeks ago now but havent started taking them yet but reading this makes me think it's not going to be all bad, I am worried about having to depend on them to much though

I thought at first this bad dose of depression would pass but its been 2 weeks now and seems to be as bad as ever seeing asi'm wide awake and have to be at work in under 6 hours

Just got to make sure I try and eat some food each morning or is this not over important in your experiences?

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Posted 06 June 2007 - 09:15 PM

Citalopram arent addictive like many anti depresant tables, they also havent got many side affects.
i have taken them for 5 years now, they reason they are so good is unlike many, you can wein yourself off them and they wont make you ill when you miss a few days.
but when taking any new pill it can take from anything to 1 week to 1 month to start working.
you can also take more if you wish, it wont hurt to take 1 and 1/2 pills now and then.

they work for me. they dont cure but they do take the edge off.

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Posted 01 July 2007 - 04:32 PM

I am still on the Citalopram, and they seem to be working for me, I had a bit of a dip where I didnt think they were - but seem to be ok now. I didnt know Winter - that you could take 2 pills if things bad - I did think of that but wondered if the side effects would kick in.

Sometimes I get a huge wave of nausea that feels like hunger - but its not - and its so physical I almost feel its unbearable, and I feel faint - but with a drink of water it passes.

One gripe - the packagin has changed! I used to have days of the week on mine, this new batch does not, and I very nearly took 2 today! :lol:

Rosie