I started about a month ago. 3x20MG a day of Citalopram .Working better than Paxil that I was taking.
Hello Gatorarea, I took citalopram and paxil a long time ago (not at the same time) then stopped taking both and now I take celexa again as I did not care for paxil. It seemed to me paxil had more side effects I couldn't get use to. I do however like citalopram as it has helped me for my all around depression and anxiety. However, with you taking over 40 mg per day you should talk to your doctor about it, because over 40 mg it can cause problems with your heart, also over 40 mg it doesn't help depression any better. If you experience an irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, dizziness, or fainting while taking citalopram let your doctor know right away. If you know of any heart problems you may already have your doctor may occasionally order an ECG to monitor your heart rate and rhythm. An ECG is a test that checks for heart problems. I wish the best for you... pamee
Hi, yes, i'd like to take this opportunity to tell you how i have found it. I was started on Citalopram in early 2011, initially at a dose of 20mg. I found the induction period really hard. The first 3 weeks were hell, i suffered increased depression and just felt hopeless. I was aware that this medication routinely makes you feel worse before you feel better so stuck with it. At the 3 week mark i had a check up with my doctor and he ordered an increase to 40mg. I felt better almost immediately. I continued on this dose for a matter of months, before i was started on a new medication (to be taken alongside of Citalopram). After a bit of trial and error my Citalopram dose was increased to 60mg to 'level me out'. I happily continued on this dose for years and yes, Citalopram has certainly improved my life for the better. I feel like a different person when i look back to how i was before i started treatment. I would always recommend this medication for people to try.
Obviously everyone responds to medications differently, but knowing the success i've had i will always give it a thumbs up. However, regarding the 60mg dose... i was diagnosed with Long QT Syndrome this year, and it seems it was medication induced. Not just by taking Citalopram, but the combination of (many) medications i was taking. My doctor reduced my Citalopram dosage and my heart condition has improved. Just wanted to add that
Hi Gatorarea, I was on 40mg citalopram for many years and it worked well for my depression. 2years ago I had an irregular EKG, was sent to have a cardiac ultrasound and was cleared. I knew that the Citalopram a,nd my pain Med both caused the same QT prolongation on a EKG so I decided to quit the Citalopram, and although I have heard of some people having some withdrawal, I had no problem. One thing I did notice, was that the citalopram seemed to decrease my sex drive, a possible side effect you may or may not have. Best of luck.
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