It is very common to start a med at a lower dose for a while and then work up to the best theraputic dose
The good news is you shouldn't feel this way for long. It takes a few days to get your body used to the new med. If you still feel this way in, say,a week, you should call your doc.
Hi, unfortunately it is possible to experience side effect symptoms for up to the first month, when starting out on Citalopram... This isn't to say that these symptoms will hang around for this long, but it is a possibility. Your doctor should have informed you about how you may feel, including symptoms of heightened emotions, worsening depression, changes in sleep patterns, dizziness, changes in appetite, etc... I wanted to answer your post, because I suffered from many of the above introductory side effects when I started out on Citalopram. But i'm so glad I was able to get passed the first 4 weeks, because 4 years later, i still take this medication, and it has been invaluable. It can be tough starting any new medication, especially an SSRI, but try to hang in there, and hopefully you will have as much success as I have...
- Citalopram Information for Consumers
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