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i hope i spelt it correctly.hi well i suppose u all know me by now and my history of anxiety and panic.well through no fault of my own ive allowed myself to suffer now over 2 yrs and now im feeling myself gettn into a deep depression.im always moody,shouting at my kids.no energy at days,feel no light at the end of the tunnel,and im sick of worrying,im tired of feeling sick if u know wat i meanAs u all know reason im prolonging my agony mentally and physically is that i have a tremendous fear of meds,scared il die or take a reaction or my personality will go.well i seen my mental health team 2 weeks ago and im confused as to waht to do.SORRY IF IM GOING ON BUT HERE IT GOES,THEY PRESCRIBED ME EFFEXOR xl 75mg 2 a day then  so to me that is sooooooooo much chemicals,well reason im confused now is because last year the mental health team doc prescribed me citlopram 10 mg 1 a day, as u know there still in my cuppard.god will someone give me thier own personal experiences on the citlopram please as im considering taking these ones,i know i cant continue another yr like how i am now.i dont want to take the effexor as ive heard they make u numb and i cant b that way when ive 2 young kids to look after.im sooooooo disapointed in myself cause i took citlopram last yr for 7 days and stopped cause of the drowsiness and just thinking i could have been well now.
please could anyone help me a little as im going thru hell now and i dont have no support from family anymore im sooo isolated now.will i go see my gp again and ask for citlopram as they seem to be good success stories with them.

thanku all sooo much in advance and happy new yr to u all
x  cathy
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669746 tn?1228602745
i took citalopram 10 mg for a month and never felt any sideffects except being hyper and happy(so they work)ive just been bumped up to 20 mg a week ago and still dont have side effects.so im not sure if it doesnt agree with you or something else played a role in your effects.my doc said he used it when he had anxiety and said they work really well.so good luck

231903 tn?1281486184
Ive had panic disorder and generalized anxiety disorder for a few years now. I am only 19 now, but i went without any meds up untill earlier this year when i was having 2-4 panic attacks a day and was very emotionally unstable. I was very depressed. So i finally went to the doctor about meds.
I was on citalopram 10mg for a month, they didnt do anything for me.. no side effects, nor helped with anything. so the next month they bumped me up to 20mg. i still didnt have really any side effects.. they started helping. They were going to bump me to 40 mg, but i ran out of the 20's and never went back to the doctor till this month (3 months later) and they started me back up on 20mg's. so i am currently taking them. they do seem to be doing good for me :) i think if you started on the 10mgs you most likely wouldnt see a difference untill they up your dose, but you have to start at that dose.
I also have been taking ativan 1mg along with the citalopram. the ativan prevents or stops panic attacks, that works really well :)
good luck with everything. hope you get it under control!
as of now, i am doing around 90% better than i was before the meds!
650547 tn?1271776798
Hi, my pcp prescribed me citalopram for depression; I started at 20mg for 2 weeks and then moved to 40mg after that.  I didn't really have any side effects that I can recall, and I think it was helping me.  But when I went for my first visit with the psychiatrist, he concluded that I had been feeling the way I was due to anxiety more than depression, and he switched me to Cymbalta.  So I don't know how much that will help you, but I can tell you this:  if the doctors are telling you to take the med, your best bet is to DO IT!!  I was very afraid of side effects before I started taking them; it was like I was actually expected the side effects rather than the true benefits of the medicine!  But now I'm glad that I went ahead and am taking them, and I think you will be too!  Best of luck!
384099 tn?1226447029
thankyou all for ur comments and advice, i really appreciate them.ty again.
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I was taking a Lexapro for more than 2 yrs. My insurance decided they would no longer cover it so I was switched to citlopram. I was very worried as I have had depression anxiety and am bipolor,for most of my adult life and the lexapro was working great. I have to say the citlopram is even better. No side effects,just a much happier me.
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I am on 10 mg...I had some side effects the first few weeks... REally sleepy and then trouble sleeping the first few nights.  Increase in anxiety for a few days but that subsided.

The 10 mg helps but doesn't eliminate the anxiety completely.  I have outside stressors that are real and not in my head so no drug is going to numb me from them.  When I was on 20 mg years ago I had almost zero anxiety or worry but I put ona lot weight.
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im on citloprams 60 mg they help some but make me a little sleepy
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