Anyone been prescribed Citalopram 20mg tablets before?

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Found 30th Jul 2009
Hiya,

Today my doctor prescribed me Citalopram, its a form of medication for people sufferring from depression.

Has anyone taken this medication before? if so, has it been helpful and did you suffer any side effects?

All advice welcome

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my mum had it....in fact I think she may be still on it....as far as I know she didnt have any side effects....and (I could be wrong but...) I think she stopped teking them for a few months and felt the same....not sure if shes on them or not at the mo and not a very good convo I guess ("oh hows the depression tabs goin? Ya know...just wanna tell someone on the net bout you" lol). hopefully there will be someone who can advise you better but remember...all people are diff so perhaps their experiences will be nothing like your own

A friend used them about three years ago, he was very sleepy with them

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lil_tiger;5889174

my mum had it....in fact I think she may be still on it....as far as I … my mum had it....in fact I think she may be still on it....as far as I know she didnt have any side effects....and (I could be wrong but...) I think she stopped teking them for a few months and felt the same....not sure if shes on them or not at the mo and not a very good convo I guess ("oh hows the depression tabs goin? Ya know...just wanna tell someone on the net bout you" lol). hopefully there will be someone who can advise you better but remember...all people are diff so perhaps their experiences will be nothing like your own



Thanks, I've read on the net that some people may suffer from nausea, dizzyness and shakeyness. I hope I don't get any of that :?

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kidcat;5889186

A friend used them about three years ago, he was very sleepy with them



I don't think I can sleep anymore than I am already!!

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I don't really like a lot of the anti depression tablets I've heard of people I know kind of going on a downer once they had stopped taking them which in effect. Left them in a worse state than before!

Miss Money Penny;5889201

Thanks, I've read on the net that some people may suffer from nausea, … Thanks, I've read on the net that some people may suffer from nausea, dizzyness and shakeyness. I hope I don't get any of that :?



well my mum is daft...very nervous to the point where if kids play on our drive she feels ill with nervousness :? so she wouldnt really notice the nausea lol....dont think she has ever mentioned any dizzyness or shakes

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Conscept;5889221

I don't really like a lot of the anti depression tablets I've heard of … I don't really like a lot of the anti depression tablets I've heard of people I know kind of going on a downer once they had stopped taking them which in effect. Left them in a worse state than before!



Yeh the doctor did say you need to take them for about 6 months or so or it can have a negative come down.

wow that thread clean up was quick

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kidcat;5889260

wow that thread clean up was quick



There's always the same group of trolls always having the 2 pence worth. Makes them feel a little valued :roll::-D

any medication for depression can have side effects-nausea/dizziness,unable to sleep/too sleepy-usually you should give it a go for 2 weeks and then go back to your doc to discuss your progress-if you have any negative side effects they will try a different medication.

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barky;5889276

any medication for depression can have side … any medication for depression can have side effects-nausea/dizziness,unable to sleep/too sleepy-usually you should give it a go for 2 weeks and then go back to your doc to discuss your progress-if you have any negative side effects they will try a different medication.



That is exactly what she said, I will see how I get on. I just don't fancy feeling worse than I already do :oops:

Someone I know was on them a while ago and he had no side affects. His doctor told him that he wouldn't start to notice any difference for about 6 weeks though, but he took them for almost a year and felt absolutely no different at all, so his doctor prescribed him something different and although that seemed to have a positive effect on his moods, they made him incredibly sleepy and he couldn't do his job properly because he was almost falling asleep on his desk and his head was really foggy, so he just stopped taking them. Needless to say, he's still not a great person to be around :-D

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Charlie&Lola;5889294

Someone I know was on them a while ago and he had no side affects. His … Someone I know was on them a while ago and he had no side affects. His doctor told him that he wouldn't start to notice any difference for about 6 weeks though, but he took them for almost a year and felt absolutely no different at all, so his doctor prescribed him something different and although that seemed to have a positive effect on his moods, they made him incredibly sleepy and he couldn't do his job properly because he was almost falling asleep on his desk and his head was really foggy, so he just stopped taking them. Needless to say, he's still not a great person to be around :-D



I know its hard, you try to do whats best to make yourself better, alot of the time its only ever temporary. I know I should take the tablets but I don't want to become relaint on them :-(

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andywedge;5889360

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Thanks Andy :friends:

Miss Money Penny;5889341

I know its hard, you try to do whats best to make yourself better, alot … I know its hard, you try to do whats best to make yourself better, alot of the time its only ever temporary. I know I should take the tablets but I don't want to become relaint on them :-(



these anti-depressants arnt addictive
addiction and withdrawal are different things all together. Its not addictive just that your body gets used to the medication being there an doesnt like it when its not there, so when you are ready to come off them the doctor will talk you through it.

SuperEd

had them before and made me very sleepy and hardly any energy

I think you should try them with an open mind for two weeks as said in a previous post. Then make an appointment with your doctor to assess how you are feeling. I have heard that they do make some people feel nauseous in some cases but this only in the early stages of taking them.
If you are having severe side effects which are causing additional problem then your doctor can prescribe another type of anti-depressant.
Anyway, good luck and I hope you start feeling better soon

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bitseylango;5889379

these anti-depressants arnt addictive addiction and withdrawal are … these anti-depressants arnt addictive addiction and withdrawal are different things all together. Its not addictive just that your body gets used to the medication being there an doesnt like it when its not there, so when you are ready to come off them the doctor will talk you through it.



Thanks Bitsey, I'm just a little worried about taking these for the first time.

Hi MMP, check your Hotmail:thumbsup: speak soon,

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clondikemike;5889396

Hi MMP, check your Hotmail:thumbsup: speak soon,



Checking now hun

Miss Money Penny;5889341

I know its hard, you try to do whats best to make yourself better, alot … I know its hard, you try to do whats best to make yourself better, alot of the time its only ever temporary. I know I should take the tablets but I don't want to become relaint on them :-(



I had to take them when my son was very young because I was being pushed to my limit by him, even as a baby, and he didn't seem to sleep at nights and I had a 1.5 year old to look after too and it all got on top of me, so my gp put me on anti depressants, but after about 6 months, I'd already kicked their father out which helped a great deal as I no longer had his moods and verbal abuse to deal with, and I'd got used to living off very little sleep so I decided to wean myself off them and I've felt absolutely fine since and never needed them again. I think as long as you start feeling positive inside and make whatever changes you need to make sure things are better for you , then you shouldn't become reliant. I'm not saying 6 months is what it will take for you, as each person is different, but making changes around you should help you feel better too :thumbsup:

Dont worry, im on 40mg of these, infact today my mental health nurse suggested i may need a boost in medication yet again!

No side effects with them, they helping which is the main thing.

Miss Money Penny;5889395

Thanks Bitsey, I'm just a little worried about taking these for the first … Thanks Bitsey, I'm just a little worried about taking these for the first time.



as said before, you wouldnt have been prescribed them if the dr didnt think you needed them. Take them regualrly for 2 weeks and see how you go...if you feel any serious side effects ring your GP and see if you can be seen. There are many different A-D's out there and it may be a case of finding one to suit you. Dont feel ashamed of taking them either, they are a medicine to help an illness, thats all. Good luck and if you need to chat then just PM me :thumbsup:

hi mmp just want to say that i hope you feel brighter soon, i have been on catalopram for the past couple of years and very recently my gp has put my dose upto 60mg a day which is the max dose apparently. cant say i've suffered from any side effects that really worried me but have put weight on since being on them. you will have to take them for a few months i would say to see if any change in your mood. pm me if you need anymore help :thumbsup:

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Charlie&Lola;5889432

I had to take them when my son was very young because I was being pushed … I had to take them when my son was very young because I was being pushed to my limit by him, even as a baby, and he didn't seem to sleep at nights and I had a 1.5 year old to look after too and it all got on top of me, so my gp put me on anti depressants, but after about 6 months, I'd already kicked their father out which helped a great deal as I no longer had his moods and verbal abuse to deal with, and I'd got used to living off very little sleep so I decided to wean myself off them and I've felt absolutely fine since and never needed them again. I think as long as you start feeling positive inside and make whatever changes you need to make sure things are better for you , then you shouldn't become reliant. I'm not saying 6 months is what it will take for you, as each person is different, but making changes around you should help you feel better too :thumbsup:



Thanks for the advice, I'm really hoping I can get away with the least time possible on these tablets. I guess I willjust have to see how it goes. Thanks hun x

General rule of the thumb is that you take them until you feel better,then take them for a further 6mths AFTER you feel better to make sure you dont lapse back.

As i say i take them no side effects or anything, this weekend i missed a dose as i went away and forgot to take them with me ended up feeling bit rubbish for a day but feeling lot better now they are back in my system.

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goonertillidie;5889388

had them before and made me very sleepy and hardly any energy



I don't mind being sleepy as I'm not working at the mo, I'm at home. I just hate feeling nauseas :oops:

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tigerallstars;5889389

I think you should try them with an open mind for two weeks as said in a … I think you should try them with an open mind for two weeks as said in a previous post. Then make an appointment with your doctor to assess how you are feeling. I have heard that they do make some people feel nauseous in some cases but this only in the early stages of taking them.If you are having severe side effects which are causing additional problem then your doctor can prescribe another type of anti-depressant.Anyway, good luck and I hope you start feeling better soon



Thanks :thumbsup:

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amcol;5889435

Dont worry, im on 40mg of these, infact today my mental health nurse … Dont worry, im on 40mg of these, infact today my mental health nurse suggested i may need a boost in medication yet again! No side effects with them, they helping which is the main thing.



Oh i'm glad its really helping you. Hopefully I wont get any side effects either

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alfie and harrys mum;5889446

hi mmp just want to say that i hope you feel brighter soon, i have been … hi mmp just want to say that i hope you feel brighter soon, i have been on catalopram for the past couple of years and very recently my gp has put my dose upto 60mg a day which is the max dose apparently. cant say i've suffered from any side effects that really worried me but have put weight on since being on them. you will have to take them for a few months i would say to see if any change in your mood. pm me if you need anymore help :thumbsup:



Thanks hun, I will see how everything goes. I'm really hoping that these will help me short term to get back on my feet.

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bitseylango;5889442

as said before, you wouldnt have been prescribed them if the dr didnt … as said before, you wouldnt have been prescribed them if the dr didnt think you needed them. Take them regualrly for 2 weeks and see how you go...if you feel any serious side effects ring your GP and see if you can be seen. There are many different A-D's out there and it may be a case of finding one to suit you. Dont feel ashamed of taking them either, they are a medicine to help an illness, thats all. Good luck and if you need to chat then just PM me :thumbsup:



will take your advice, thanks hun. :thumbsup:

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amcol;5889505

General rule of the thumb is that you take them until you feel … General rule of the thumb is that you take them until you feel better,then take them for a further 6mths AFTER you feel better to make sure you dont lapse back.As i say i take them no side effects or anything, this weekend i missed a dose as i went away and forgot to take them with me ended up feeling bit rubbish for a day but feeling lot better now they are back in my system.



Awwww, I really hope your on the road to recovery.

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Thank you all for your advice. I really appreciate it. To those who are in the same boat as me, Good Luck!

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i used these a few years ago now but i found the opposite to others on here if found them to keep me awake and made me feel bit dizzy and sick to start with and mad surreal dreams but they didnt agree with me i needed something to bring me down not take me up

good luck, they take at least a few weeks to kick in properly

hi i was on them up until i got pregnant so i have had to come of everything
i was on 60mg and diazepam i didnt have any side effects
i started on the 20mg but didnt feel they helped me so they upped to 40 then 60mg
i did feel better on them,they were better than any of the other tablets i had tried

Miss Money Penny;5889561

I don't mind being sleepy as I'm not working at the mo, I'm at home. I … I don't mind being sleepy as I'm not working at the mo, I'm at home. I just hate feeling nauseas :oops:



Work makes me feel nauseas so you are in the best place:)

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edjaned;5889786

hi i was on them up until i got pregnant so i have had to come of … hi i was on them up until i got pregnant so i have had to come of everythingi was on 60mg and diazepam i didnt have any side effectsi started on the 20mg but didnt feel they helped me so they upped to 40 then 60mgi did feel better on them,they were better than any of the other tablets i had tried



diazepam worked best for me also:)

Arent diazepam a tranquiliser rather than a anti-depressant

Citalopram is an anti-depressant which can havin varying side-effects depending on the individual ...when i took these they gave me sores on my scalp..there is also ecitalopram which is aso an anti depressant

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cheekychic;5890795

Arent diazepam a tranquiliser rather than a anti-depressant



Diazepam are effectively the same as Valium with a different name.
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