So, i've been on citalopram for about 29 days today, I started on 10mg for the first 3 1/2 weeks then the doctor had increased my dose to 20 mg which she had me start on 15mg for the first 5-7 days so right now I'm taking 15mg for the past 4 days and I am not sure it's even working :( I still have pretty bad anxiety, cloudy thinking, depressed, with some OCD, and it doesn't seem to be getting much better except for the fact I've not had many actual panic attacks. I took Zoloft years ago and I remember it starting to work in the first 3 weeks or so, and this one doesn't seem to be doing the same yet. The doctor wants me to take 20mg for at least 8-12 weeks before we even talk about changing medicines or changing the dose but I don't want to feel like this for the next 3 months... Not sure what to do :(
Hi, Queen! From the literature:
"Sleep, energy, or appetite may show some improvement within the first 1-2 weeks. Improvement in these physical symptoms can be an important early signal that the medication is working. Depressed mood, anxiety, and lack of interest in activities may need up to 6-8 weeks to fully improve.
Citalopram (Celexa) | NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness"
I would try to follow your doctor's professional advice because although it may take a little more time you are well on your way and already making progress. It's hard feeling crappy, I know, but stay positive and look for the bright spots each day.
Best regards, Wildcat
- Citalopram Information for Consumers
- Citalopram Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Citalopram (detailed)
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