My 14 year old son has been diagnosed with panic disorder with agoraphobia - he started on 20mg 4 weeks ago and then increased to 30mg 2 weeks ago. He is still finding everything so so difficult - he just wants to stay at home. When will the anxiety and panic start to decrease?
My daughter had same disorder at that age and even younger! It was a nightmare so I totally empathize. Please talk to his doctor again about adding a benzodiazipine med to the Citalopram. Thats the only thing that helped her get through those years. They dont like to give those type meds at that age because they are considered addictive but please try to convince to try low dose - maybe Alprazolam, Lorazapam or even Klonopin. Its worth a try! The risk of low dose addiction is worth the better quality of life in my opinion.
Hi, i would have expected to see results by now. I have suffered with mental illness on & off for most of my life. I take Citalopram and it has helped me no end. I started on 20mg, but after 3 weeks i still felt terrible. My doctor ordered an increase to 40mg (ahead of the suggested 4 weeks trial), and i felt better almost immediately. Recently i have had quite a lot of upheaval in my life and have been suffering with anxiety, & my agoraphobia has been getting bad again. My psychiatrist prescribed Pregabalin to take alongside the medications i am already taking, and it has been really helpful. I take them 3 times a day. I'm not sure if this medication is routinely prescribed to children(?), but maybe you might want to ask your son's doctor about this?
Hi Anxiousmum The regular time it takes for this drug to reach its full potential is 4 to 6 weeks i see your son has had several dose changes you have a smart doctor the way they are increasing it slowly from what you have said about the dose above i would say within the next few weeks he should be at peak level it is hard on all of you i have had this all my life and am 56 now but very stable sometimes it takes more than one drug to control this but i like the way your doctor is handling this if 40 mg does not do it ask for a change in meds they are mostly related as a ssri drugh but what works for one may not work for another If you don't mind me suggesting this helped me a lot when i was about 16 i read a book by dr claire weeks or weaks HOPE AND HELP FOR YOU NERVES if nothing else it is a real easy book to read and tells of other people and your son well not feel along.Many other books are very misleading so becareful what he reads about this becases some try to say do it ...
with out meds..one other warning do not waste your money on the program they have on tv alot for 500.00 we can cure it is proven that we have a chemical imbalance is your son taking anything else.My heart goes out to you and your son.It is nothing you have done.trust me..it well get better watch close for severe deppression i went through that too.feel free to contact me anytime i have been there and am a sucess story your new friend Chuck Wise Sr.Retired pharmacy technician 35 years Cpht. I was just about housebound at one point and panic attacks.Support your son he well come out of it or as with me i am still on meds but was able to work and do just about anything.Good luck please let your son know he is not alone..glad to help it is heartbreaking
Chuck..ptsd,agoriphobia,depression,high anxiety,and on and on but very rare to have flareups now days..stick with him.might be time for a drug change.Chuck..glad to answer anything..ive been there.
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