Hi, molli! For the vast majority of people citalopram (Celexa) and escitalopram (Lexapro), which are cousin medications in the selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor (SSRI) class of antidepressants, are very effective in controlling both depression and anxiety.
But don't be surprised if your symptoms seem to worsen somewhat in the first days to weeks of therapy. This is *normal* and these side effects will resolve on their own over the first few days and weeks but get better everday.
Also, you won't feel better overnight ~ this drug just doesn't work that way. It may take several week s to start feeling positive effects and it could take 6-8 weeks to reach maximum blood levels.
I'll bet you'll find it's worth it when the curtain rises and you feel great again.
Best wishes and good luck to you. Please feel free to post anytime you have a question or concern, We'll be more than happy to lend support! Wildcat
Citalopram 20 mg is definitely worth a try for anxiety & depression. I was prescribed 20 mg but cut my pill in half because of the stomach upset SE. That has greatly subsided so I will probably up to the 20 mg for my anxiety & depression. You got to give these pills a month to see if it helps you. I have gone off ADs in less than a month because of SEs & regretted it. This AD helps me somewhat. A friend of mine had fantastic results w/this med. Take care.
Hi, i also take Citalopram (for depression & anxiety) and find it a very good medication. In my case it took little over 3 weeks to experience positive effects (this included a dose increase at the 3 week point). I have been taking Citalopram for 5/6 years now. My parents both take low doses for anxiety and also find it very helpful. It may help to make yourself aware of the potential side effects, and those of which are of a more serious nature and would need reporting to your doctor/psychiatrist. Don't worry yourself though, as i said they are potential side effects and you may experience a few or maybe none at all. I hope you find the same success with this medication that i have had, and feel free to keep in touch...
- Citalopram Information for Consumers
- Citalopram Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Citalopram (detailed)
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