Hello sister1968. They are both common, normal side effects when beginning on the drug. They usually ease up and disappear once you've been taking it for awhile longer. The drug will take about four weeks before you begin to feel its full theraputic capability/potential. Regards, pledge
Hi, sorry i can't put your mind at rest... I didn't experience these side effects, but as Pledge said, they are common potential symptoms. If you are worried give your doctor a call or speak to your pharmacist. I wouldn't worry too much though short term. Hope you feel better soon!
Hi there. I have just started taking citalopram - I am on day 13 today, and I have felt sick for the entirety. I am taking 20 mg daily and I guess my body is just adjusting to the new medication. It isn't pleasant though and I hope it goes away soon. I can take any physical pain but hate feeling nauseous. I also get headaches and feel tired a lot as I am not sleeping. I have also lost 8kg and have no appetite. I plan to stick with it as many drugs in the SSRI field have similarly unwanted side effects for the first month to six weeks. I hope the symptoms go away for you - I have heard much good about the drug. Good luck!
I have been on citalopram 10 mg for three weeks. I'm still having nausea, jaw clenching, crying spells, and headaches.
I have a friend who is on this drug for panic attacks. She vomited for the first two weeks. Her psychiatrist kept her on it and she is now doing fine, 6 months later.
I have had no problems with it except a very mild nausea. Being pregnant was a whole lot worse! lol
Have you contacted your doctor? I get anti nausea meds when a new med is causing an issue. It is also important when you are taking it, if you have eaten at that time and what you are eating. I go for oatmeal, yogurt, and soothing foods. The fiber is essential for the stomach to work on rather than the stomach lining.
I wish I could say it will go away soon. I was on 40mg then went to 60mg. I was fortunate I guess to not experience any of the side effects you speak of. I already had insomnia, so that part didn't affect me any differently. If it causes you such great concern, by all means contact your doctor and discuss this with them. There are others in the same family that may not affect you like this. I hope you find relief. Take care.
- Citalopram Information for Consumers
- Citalopram Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Citalopram (detailed)
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