... doctor said I can increase to 20 mg. is the 10 mg enough to be effective? I take Celexa at night and i do sleep better. What is the dose that most people use? 20 mg?
I now take 40mg after taking 20mg for over a year. The normal dosage, as I know it is anywhere from 10mg to 40mg, but I'm not a doctor and don't know your history, your size and weight, etc. These are all important in prescribing medications. Since you've only been taking the 10mg for 4 days it hasn't even had a chance to be effective. Mental health medication is notorious for taking at least a week to really start working, so I'd give it a try for a few more days. If you still feel you need more relief than definitely jump up to the 20mgs. Your doctor has already authorized it, so if you feel you need it then by all means use it. Best of luck to you and please feel free to come back here to ask questions, or just to chat. This is a place where there is a huge amount of knowledge, but also many, many caring people who have been where you are! God Bless.
I'm always blown away when a Dr orders ad doubling of the initial dosage just a few days in. If 10 generated the very common initial side-effects which often require 2-3 weeks to settle in, why double the dosage, or change it at all for that matter, as every change resets the adjustment time. All due respects to the Dr, of course.
I would humbly suggest sticking with the current dosage and instructions and allow ample time for things to settle, otherwise this can turn into a very unpleasant ride.
Hi antidepressants take 4 weeks, give or take, to reach full therapeutic value. 10mg is a common starting dose for anxiety. You really need to give the medication a few weeks before you know if you will need to adjust the dose. My mum is stable on 10mg for anxiety, whereas i take 40mg (down from 60mg). Dosage differs from person to person. Citalopram, in my opinion, can be a very successful medication, i have been taking it for several years now and it has definitely changed my life for the better. I hope you also have positive results. I'm so sorry to hear of the losses you have suffered, i can't imagine how difficult that is to deal with. Try to stay hopeful, i'm glad your doctor is helping you through this. Feel free to write any time if you want more advice/support
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