Hi all I have had a tough year in 2017 with my mom in hospital for 6 weeks A& E and ICU after she was supposed to visit me for 4 days holidays, then broke up relationship and stress work related. I was crying, not leaving bed, anxiety, upset stomach. The doctor gave me citalopram 20 mg but after 6 days i couldn't cope feeling awful changed to sertraline 50 mg. He suggested me take half pill for a week then a pill on second week. Due to constant insomnia , upset stomach, agitated i couldn't cope in the night when I was taking one pill. So they reduced me the dose to 25 mg. Now i am on my third week on 25 mg. How long it takes until works? I have mom with me at moment was not able to be on my own and i have been signed off work from a month. I want my life back and be able work and do things on my own. Elena
Hi, Elena! The usual starting dose is 50mg and, for most people, it can take 4-6 weeks for the medication to achieve therapeutic levels in your blood stream and brain.
Once you adjust to the drug you will likely need to increase to the maintenance dose of 50mg to 200mg to feel the full beneficial effects.
Unfortunately, these medications take time to work and you have to be patient during the initial days and weeks of therapy. Try to stay positive and take each day as it comes.
Best regards, Wildcat
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