I've been prescribed citalopram 20mg for depression/anxiety as in a worried state feeling nauseous, panicky but having read the side effects I'm worried about starting them. I was ill a month ago and it's left me feeling worried and sick all the time thinking the worst of everything so saw Dr who prescribed Citalopram. Please advise how long the side effects last before I'd start to feel the benefit? Thanks
Just because a med has a long list of side effects does not mean you'll have even one of them. Generally the side effects are transient.
You may not experience these, they list every possibility partly as advice, partly to cover themselves. Going into it with a positive attitude will help toward a better outcome. Again, you may be surprised how well it might work for you. Give it a chance to work and don't worry! It'll really help.
Some mild side effects will last a couple of weeks, the medication will take upwards of a month to reach max effectiveness. Be patient.
I've been on this med for years now and it works great for me and I have had no side effects to date, but if I run out for some reason I notice the difference, and after being back on it I recover in just one or two days.
Hi Bex! I too take 20 mg of Citalopram and have been now for 3 years. The only side effect I had was clenched jaw and that lasted a week or two... otherwise I was fine... You will also be fine. It will help a lot! Best of luck to you!
Hi, there are always many potential side effects to any medication, but that doesn't meant you will suffer them all... I take Citalopram, have done for several years now and it has done wonders for me, i feel as though i have a new, better life because of it. I'm not going to lie to you, it is common for you to feel worse before you feel better, but it is short term... for the first 3 weeks that i took the medication, it was pretty tough, my doctor increased my dose at the 3 week point and i almost immediately felt much better. Those few weeks were quite hard, but compared to having about 4 years of much improved mental health, i will always consider it worth it.
- Citalopram Information for Consumers
- Citalopram Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Citalopram (detailed)
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