User Reviews for Citalopram to treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder
Also known as: Celexa
Citalopram has an average rating of 7.9 out of 10 from a total of 173 ratings for the treatment of Generalized Anxiety Disorder. 75% of those users who reviewed Citalopram reported a positive effect, while 12% reported a negative effect.
“I have generalized anxiety. After 1.5 y of unsuccessful therapy, I was recommended to take citalopram. I tapered up slowly and at 15mg the side effects began (night sweat, increase in anxiety) but the worst one was severe insomnia that lasted for 3 weeks. I also had a bit of mood swings. However, at 4th week benchmark, the anxiety disappeared completely, the insomnia disappeared (I take it in the evening and I manage to sleep). I was slightly depressed for 7-10 days after, but my mood gradually improved. I’m now at 2 months in at 20mg and feel normal. I’m less interested in sex than when I was healthier (compared to 5 years ago), but I now enjoy sex better than when I was anxious. I’m extremely happy with the results. The only persisting side effect is a sight daytime drowsiness. If this continues at the third month, my dr will consider switching to escitalopram, a sister drug that is more antidepressant but less anxiolytic than citalopram, so it is supposed to be less sedative.”
“I have been taking citalopram 30mg for 3 years now. I had a rough adjustment to it (started at 5mg) but I am sensitive to any drugs. It was my last resort so I stuck with it. One thing I learned is that if you are undermethylated these drugs will most likely work for you because you typically have low serotonin. However if you are an overmethylator you will be too high in serotonin and these drugs can make you manic and worse. So, I would suggest getting a methylation test to see if SSRi’s are suitable. Also, very important is the kryptopyrrole test. It tests you for an inherited condition called Pyroluria. If you have it you can treat your depression and anxiety with high doses of vitamin b6 and zinc. Please research these things before you start on these meds because for some like myself they are very hard to ween off of.”
“I've been on this drug since 2013. I will tell you upfront, side effects are not pleasant. I was diagnosed with GAD, and for the first week my anxiety was high all the time. No sleep, no resting, no eating. My body was high alert. Headaches and loss of appetite too. But, after those 7 days, I felt better, little by little. I noticed I slept, had a meal, laughed, hugged, invested my time, etc. Yes, side effects are unpleasant, but so is living with anxiety for years. This stuff helps you come out.”
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“I take 10 mg daily for about 18 months, it has helped enormously . It’s the only medication I have. I exercise daily which helps. Overall I am pleased with the results but suggest you do not drink alcohol, reduce coffee intake, exercise, sleep over 7 hours and ensure you are self aware not to put oneself in stressful situations. Life is too short not to enjoy the journey . It can and it does get better but educate yourself on what you have and the triggers and your responses to life events”
“Firstly I would like to say that this drug has saved my career and relationship. Constant negative thoughts? Depression with passing suicidal thoughts? Panic attacks? Me too. All due to stress! This stuff citalopram works (for me) It takes time! Be patient! Only read good reviews as it prolongs it working with reading negative stuff. I'm on my 5th week and I'm managing to go to the supermarket for the first time in months. I can drop my boy off at nursery with having a panic attack. I can do my gigs now without thinking everybody hates me and packing up mid gig. The benefits out weigh the side effects for me. I had big pupils, sweaty nights, crazy dreams and heightened anxiety for a few weeks. Honestly this stuff is a miracle. I tried to go the natural way for months before with no joy and sometimes meds are needed. You are not weak! You are taking the right steps by asking for medical help. The stigma around these drugs is nonsense as everyone is different and these meds saves lives. Simple!”
“Had what a believe is generalised anxiety disorder for 7 years. I struggled to even sit in a car for a 5 minute drive at times it was so bad. Didn’t go on holiday for 6 years as couldn’t pull myself to get on a plane. Anxiety attacks were common and happened about 4-5 times a week. Finally I thought enough was enough and went to the doctors. Was prescribed 20mg citalopram for 6 weeks. Nothing happened so the doctor increased to 30mg. After 8 weeks the anxiety stopped. I didn’t feel any different day to day, only the anxiety attacks would not start. Been on for 3 months now and still not had an anxiety attack. It has completely changed my life, and was even able to fly to Germany to go abroad for the first time since the anxiety started. I feel so free, can’t believe I didn’t get sorted sooner.”
“Honestly, I remember coming on here and reading the reviews before trying it myself. This medication changed so much for me, in a great way. I struggle with GAD and I had major panic attacks that led me to be hospitalized. I was not a fan of wanting to take medication for my mental health challenges, but at that point, I had no other choice but to try. It was hard at first, side effects were a little bit annoying, but eventually, I started to feel human again. I hadn’t had a panic attack anymore since then, or at least as severe/strong, and I didn't feel like my anxiety was constantly weighing on me every second. I tried to lower my dosage once I was feeling better, but it turned out it was too early for me to reduce my dose. I am currently taking 20mg everyday and have been on it for about 6 months. I encourage you to try it, and if you’re worried about it, know that trying it is better than not knowing at all. Goodluck!”
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“I was on citalopram for many years. It wasn't until I stopped it my own decision by the way . Then I realised wow after 3 months without it I was on big trouble. I had hit the lowest time with anxiety. I'm back taking them again only 10mg to start I won't be stopping them again lesson learned. Thank you”
“Hang in there! It's tough adjusting to this stuff. I am now on week 7/8. I did 5 and a bit weeks at 20mg then 2 weeks now at 30mg. Trust me when I say this. Hang in there! I know it's a rollercoaster but I'm giving myself 6 months on this to see fully as I know it can take time for GAD especially. My anxiety was unbearable! It's still there and the intrusive thoughts come but they go quicker and I'm not scared of them. I now understand what I'm going through so it doesn't bother me as much. I was having suicidal thoughts and really scared of them. They still come but I'm not worried by them, I'm not worried as much by life, I understand that the anxious passing thoughts aren't mine and they come and go. They're just thoughts. Stay strong people. I know it's been the hardest thing I've ever done. All the best”
“Been on citalopram for 6 months now. I tried to beat anxiety for years, constantly battling my thoughts, counselling, CBT, exercise etc... In the end I gave up and went on medication. The first week was HELL! Jaw clenching, extreme thirst, lethargic, excessive yawning, exhausted... I nearly came off them! Even after 4 weeks I wasn't sure if they were doing anything. My advice is stick it out! After about 2 months I noticed the full effects. I wasn't crying anymore, wasn't as angry or impatient, didn't worry over everything anymore! I fall asleep within 10 minutes when I used to be awake most of the night and unable to sleep! Situations that I'd usually get very stressed out over are now much easier, and I'm now much more laid back :)”
“I have been taking Citalopram for years, mostly 20mg. When I first took it I felt so ill for about a month, mostly nausea, tiredness and more panicked than usual. Then it was as though a cloud had lifted. I didn’t constantly overthink or worry and could start to enjoy life. A couple of times I’ve increased to 30mg to get through bad stuff in my life but I’m coping. I suffer from emitophobia, social phobias and anxiety and depression. The best thing that’s ever happened to me. Don’t give up if you feel worse to start with.”
Celexa (citalopram): “I have been taking Celexa for only three weeks but I've already noticed a difference in my mood. I feel a bit more relaxed and the panic attacks are null if any. I started with 10mg for 4 days then up to 20mg which proved to be way too much for me so I backed down to 10mg and have felt great since. Side effects: some slight yawning here and there but not a big deal. I recommend this medicine for those with mild anxiety/depression.”
“Been on this medication for a little over 8 years. It saved my life, and my marriage. I always struggled with very bad mood swings, anger, and anxiety over sometimes the littlest things. This medication turned my life around. It was a complete life saver.”
“I tried Sertraline but it had very negative effects. Then I tried citalopram at 20mg per day for 7 weeks and made me feel much worse. Titrated down to 10mg for a couple of months and have found that though it may not be the silver bullet for GAD it certainly does take the edge from it. Overthinking and having too much time on my hands are also factors which make my GAD worse. Citalopram helps me a lot while I slowly adjust my thinking processes and challenge negative core values about myself which took many years to build up.”
“I've been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. My Dr. put me on Celexa 5mg, for a week then 10mg and all the way up to 40 in the next weeks. This medicine has made me feel better already from starting it last week of 5mg. This medicine is a lifesaver for me. I switched from Zoloft. It wasn't working for me. I will be on Celexa for the rest of my life. Celexa is a awesome for bad anxiety and obsessive thoughts, racing thoughts, worry, panic, PMDD and etc.”
“I was prescribed Citalopram for severe anxiety and intrusive thoughts. I have been taking them for 5 weeks, 1 week on 10mg and now 20mg. I am now starting to feel like myself again. The first 3 weeks were the hardest with increased anxiety, insomnia and night sweats. These have improved and my anxiety is 80% improved. I did what most people do and read all the reviews hoping that the positives were true. It’s important to give it time it definitely wasn’t an overnight fix but for me it has worked.”
“My anxiety caused me to have to move back in with my parents after 20 years, my guts were always churning, everything I ate would go straight through me and I would get panic attacks that made me sweat; I had to be signed off from work. The anxiety lead to depression and I honestly didn't know how I was going to get through each day. Citalopram has fixed me completely. The first week or so was rough and the symptoms worsened but I was warned about that and stuck with it. Now I lead a normal life, I work, travel the world and function well in relationships. I am deeply grateful for the drug. Sometimes I feel bad about being dependent on it - I can't seem to come off without the symptoms returning, but I couldn't have carried on how I was.”
“Hello! This citalopram is a miracle drug. I started having anxiety at the age of 15, which progressed and got worse at 16. I am now 18. I started having panic attacks and they kept getting worse, to the point where it was every time I left the house. They got so bad I felt like I was having a stroke. I spoke to the doctor and they started me on 10 mg of Citalopram. I haven’t noticed any side effects. Within 1 week of using, I noticed citalopram having a positive effect. I have been using it slightly over 2 weeks and I barely have panic attacks anymore. About every 4 days now, I still have 14 more pills before it’s supposed to fully work. When I started having anxiety it got worse when I smoked weed. When the effects got too intense, I would freak out and have a panic attack. I quit using weed while I got onto citalopram, and also quit alcohol, which of course was hard but totally worth it!”
“I posted twice now day 5 and week 6. I am now hitting onto 3 month and I have never felt better. No more suicidal thoughts. No more depression. No more overthinking or thinking worse scenarios. It’s always helped my OCD which was checking and re reading things. Amazing drug highly recommend do not read the negatives. Go off your own experience. I am now 22 my daughter is coming up 2 and life has never been better. Also after getting out of a relationship and having a miscarriage it didn’t affect my mental health. Amazing life changer!❤️”
“Was on citalopram 10mg for 2 weeks. Side effects was that I couldn't sleep. High anxiety a few times and nausea a few times . 3rd week and now starting 20mg. Nausea this morning. Just hope side effects are not too strong and don't last a long time. Want to feel normal again. Been a roller coaster trying to find right medication. Have high hopes for this one as depression and anxiety is slightly lower. I'm sure another couple weeks and I will feel great and I be able to sleep”
“My GAD was so bad that I had to leave my job. My day to day life was awful. This drug has honestly saved my life, as my condition is hereditary and not something that I could avoid unfortunately. I really recommend trying this drug along with a healthy lifestyle and counselling! Good luck all”
“This medication changed my life for the better. I suffered severe anxiety and panic attacks 2 1/2 years prior to taking the medication. I feel like I am my old self now, and can fully enjoy my life, friends, family and develop to my full potential. Would definitely recommend to anyone facing similar issues. You don't have to suffer. There is definitely hope.”
“I have been prescribed Citalopram for post traumatic stress disorder. I actually don't mind the initial side effects, a slight jaw gurning, dilated pupils, tingles in the head and a general feeling of mild euphoria, which increases when I drink coffee, since the alternative was gut-wrenching fear and panic, pushing loved ones away and an inability to concentrate on anything as I sank into despair. It has stabilized my moods. I feel good, I feel like spending time with people, little things don't bother me, I don't over analyze, so it works really well for me.”
“I tried 20 mg per day for anxiety and it made no difference whatsoever after 3 months even after upping the dose. It is my opinion that there is no drug available to humanity can cure mental health issues. I am now coming off this drug slowly.”
“I have been on citalapram now for 8 months , I was so scared to start any medication after a bad experience with sertraline! .. but it got to the point that I either take something or not be here anymore! .. so I started slowly on citalapram going from 5mg to 30mg over 4 months. I have most of the old me back!! I can enjoy my children again and get out and live my life! I wish I had taken them sooner and not let my situation get as bad as it did! ... my advice is to stick with it! Took around 10 weeks to start to work! So glad I stuck with it xxx”
“Citalopram 10mg then 20mg after 7 days. The first 10 days were awful but reading these reviews helped. I took 8 days off work (I never take sick days). I had extreme nausea, headaches, body aches, complete loss of appetite, poor sleep, increased constant anxiety, feelings of hopelessness and dizziness. I did not leave my bed for 4 days. Clonazepam and ativan helped with the sleep, panic attacks and anxiety and got me through the first two weeks. Then each day got easier, the symptoms lessened and I started going to therapy. After 3 weeks I was feeling like I did before the medication, and 4 weeks I was feeling a bit better than when the panic attacks and anxiety started taking over my life. At 5 weeks the anxiety that I have dealt with on and off for 5 years is manageable and almost gone. I feel like me. Citalopram drug also helped clear up my IBS which I know is connected to my anxiety. If you are on this drug and just starting out and wanting to quit I would try your best to stick to it.”
“Please please anyone starting on citalopram keep with it, when I was taking them a few weeks I felt like giving up thinking nothing was going to help me, I was so bad I couldn't leave the house, even after couple of months wasn't sure if I was ever going get back to feeling my usual self , BUT, now after 5 months I feel great. I just feel like my old self, no more side affects no more staying at home worrying and no more anxiety, I still think sometimes, right am I ok, but then just brush it aside and I suppose that will go with time as well. So Definitely stick in there, don't give up....”
“After 10+ years of worsening anxiety and panic attacks I finally was prescribed Citalopram- Started on 10mg, which made me feel tired and sluggish with some diarrhea the first couple weeks. Then increased to 15mg now on 20mg - it has been 3 months and I don’t get but a few panic attacks here and there when in high-pressure situations (Dr says he will likely increase to 30mg after my next follow up). But the daily nausea/gagging and stomach problems are GONE and I don’t constantly feel like I’m going to pass out or throw up. I can enjoy going out to public events without panicking. I finally feel NORMAL and that constant self-monitoring, analyzing, panicking voice that was always in the background is subdued.”
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