I started taking citalopram but noticed I was feeling nauseous and not hungry at all and lost weight? I ant to know of anyone experienced this or it may just be me or something else because I have had anxiety and panic disorder and didnt seem to help and I know ots supposed to take a few weeks for it to work but I do not know if it is worth it. I feel the same.
Hello! These are common side effects when starting citalopram and generally resolve on their own over time. How long have you been taking the medication?
"Side effects have been reported to be generally mild and transient. They are most common during the first 2 weeks of treatment and decrease in intensity and frequency with continued treatment. They generally do not lead to treatment cessation."
"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"
If these side effects have lasted more than 2-3 weeks you should notify your doctor and get her/his professional advice.
Best regards and I hope you're feeling better soon. Wild Cat
Very common (10% or more): Nausea (up to 21.4%), dry mouth (up to 20%)
Common (1% to 10%): Abdominal pain, constipation, diarrhea, dyspepsia, flatulence, increased saliva, taste loss/perversion, vomiting
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abnormal bleeding (predominantly of the mucous membranes), dysphagia, eructation, esophagitis, gastrointestinal bleeding, gastritis, gastroenteritis, gingivitis, hemorrhoids, stomatitis, teeth grinding
Rare (less than 0.1%): Colitis, diverticulitis, duodenal ulcer, gastric ulcer, gastroesophageal reflux, gingival bleeding, glossitis, rectal hemorrhage
Frequency not reported: Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
Postmarketing reports: Pancreatitis
Common citalopram side effects may include:
problems with memory or concentration;
dry mouth, increased sweating;
numbness or tingling;
increased appetite, nausea, diarrhea, gas;
fast heartbeats, feeling shaky;
sleep problems (insomnia), feeling tired;
cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, sore throat;
changes in weight; or
difficulty having an orgasm.
Do inform your Dr. about your loss of weight.
I can tell you from personal experience that it is worth sticking it out. I had side effects for the first 2 weeks. Heightened anxiety, loss of appetite and sleep, it was hard, I won’t lie. I also questioned myself, “is it worth it?” but I stuck with it and when I started to feel the “good” effects (around week 2/3), I honestly was glad I didn’t stop. I’ve been on them for 6 weeks now and I feel so much better. Anxiety is minimal. Good luck!
- Citalopram Information for Consumers
- Citalopram Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Citalopram (detailed)
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