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Old 04-09-12, 03:05 PM   #1
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My doctor gave me a prescription for citalopram (20mg), and I was wondering if this has worked or helped anyone. I know it's a small dose, but I'm hoping it will relieve some of my really low moments. He told me that the first week will be full of side effects, the second will feel like nothing, and the third is where I'll start to feel the good effects. This is my third day of taking it and I have already felt the side effects and they have been pretty strong, so I hope that means that the good effects will be strong too. It's making my hands, feet, and tongue tingle. It's making me yawn like crazy. It made me really nauseous and dizzy the first two days, but not so much today. It has also lowered my appetite even more, which may be scary. I was pretty much starving myself before getting the prescription, so that may not be good.

Are there any good testimonies from taking this drug? (bad too I guess) I just want to feel like things are going to get better with this help, because I'm literally on the verge of dying.
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If you're experiencing side affects tell your doctor asap. Feeling sick etc. can make you feel even worse so if these symptoms are that bad then your mood won't improve. For instance I know someone who was taking citalopram and they happened to feel very lonely. So when the pills gave him erectile dysfunction... even though they were working he felt awful because... well.. yeah.

Try not to do what I did. I was disheartened every time I couldn't get instant progress. I didn't even want a quick fix - just for something to happen asap. Not wait months for psychotherapy or 2/3 weeks for pills to work. This was over a year ago now and I'm alive. What I did do, however, is get impatient with the meds and put myself on the max dose. It went badly.

I'm afraid meds are a trial and error thing. Citalopram is a generic starter drug and they try that or fluoxetine usually and if it doesn't work they just go through a few others. It differs from person to person. Are you also receiving therapy? Pills on their own are totally useless in my opinion. And a therapist can give you constant perspective (you might not realise how the meds affect you).

I hope this helps and I know a lot of it might not be what you want to hear but it might take a while longer. You can hang in there though.
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Also, just realised we joined the site at the same time. Ha.
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Old 04-09-12, 04:47 PM   #4
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Thanks, really. I don't want someone to lie just to make me feel better. I'ld rather hear what people really think. Everything still works down there...but I'll keep that in mind. My doctor told me that all the side effects that I'm having are normal and that I should tell him if they go beyond the first week. I'm not like in terrible pain or anything. It's more of a nuisance, but I think that I can stick with them for a few more days.

Even though I don't want to be patient with this, I don't really have a choice. I'm trying to just go day by day because I still feel kind of suicidal. I definitely won't increase my dose without talking to my doctor. I really don't like messing with that kind of stuff on my own since I don't know a lot about anti-depressants.

I'm not in any therapy now, but I have a first appointment on the 24th. I honestly don't know if I'm going to keep it because I have a hard time being honest face to face with someone. I'm embarrassed with a lot of my issues and I feel like the person is judging me. I think it would really benefit me, but I'm just scared to go.
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Yeah I understand that. But you really have to go I think. Personally I always made the appointments just because that's the textbook thing to do. Therefore, in my mind, it was progress no matter what.

But this was the only reason so I fought it. Which was really really stupid. I was quiet/nervous. Then open but... I lied and was delusional (still fighting it perhaps). Then I became obtuse and resentful and I'd get angry but be silent about why. For instance they'd say something stupid or misunderstand me and I'd be fuming but just roll my eyes and think of ways to be more difficult.

It got me nowhere so I have cut short every kind of therapy available to me (even including a study coach at university... was very rude and cut short the second session).

To change how you feel you have to make big changes to your life. It is really hard and sucks but there are things to help you through it. Like this site. But it's probably a case of "Tough. Be open or don't get better". It's funny because I'm being a total hypocrite but it's true. I have totally wrecked my life by being too cut off and stubborn etc. when it comes to things like this. So you'll be doing yourself a real favour by trying to give it a real go. Try and view it in that more positive light rather than a daunting and scary thing. It gets easier anyway. Sadly, like the pills it takes damn time. People stay in therapy for years sometimes. It isn't so bad if you don't let it be.
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P.S. sorry reply took me so long. I kinda got wrapped up in a computer game thing with a friend. Didn't notice the time:S

P.P.S. I have seen a few of your threads and you keep asking for honesty. I'm trying to give you that but I have also because a lot more harsh lately. Sorry if that comes through and I really hope what I have said to you can help you to get another perspective and feel better about things.
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Seriously, I appreciate honesty way more. It's hard to offend me. I doubt anyone here could ever offend me. I didn't think you were harsh or anything at all. I know therapy+meds would be the best option. It's just when I was younger, I tried therapy and I lied every time. I never connected with any of them and didn't want to open up. I'm hoping since it's on the 24th, that should be enough time for the meds to start working, well according to the doctor. I'm more concerned about drinking on them. It says not to on the bottle and I know since alcohol is a depressant, it isn't a good idea. But I just put myself out there with my roommate from last year. He never contacts me, but I thought I might as well give it a shot. So as of now, he said we would go drinking, but I probably should have researched this first...
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Oh be really careful. They basically counteract the meds. It can be really awkward when people ask why you don't want to drink actually (even more so if your idiotic housemate who feigns depression to get extensions goes blabbing because he thinks he is House or something and it's cool). It's really tough actually because for some people staying happy means drinking just because of the social interaction. But really, really take it easy.

A year ago I was taking 60mg (max dose) of fluoxetine and decided it'd be a great idea to drink at least 2 litres of cola a day for a week and on the last 3 days of that week drink at least 10 double whiskies (mixed with... more cola). I got the world's most incredible heart burn and it ruined everything the pills were doing. So I got massive withdrawal even though I had been taking them. I ran away from a young girl age about 18 just because my hair was a bit messy. Usually people touch their faces and adjust themselves etc. in these circumstances (normal nervous behaviour... she was pretty after all) but I ran like there was no tomorrow and didn't even realise. I felt really high and strange and would rant and go off and tangent after tangent. And blurt out random words.

Kind of an extreme case... seeing as I really overdid it. But generally stay away from drink and if you must then don't overdo it.
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And don't let that scare you.... it's no biggie but you could delay that initial 2 weeks a bit. Maybe I just like to amuse myself by telling silly stories:)
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This really sucks because, and honestly this sounds pathetic, but drinking is like the easiest way for me to interact with people in college. And there is no way that I'm going out to a house party and not drink anything. So it looks like I'm drinking or not going, which is going to look so stupid because I just texted my roommate from last year about going drinking. I don't know if I should call my doctor about it since I'm not 21. Not like I'll get in trouble or something, but I don't like people judging me.

And you didn't scare me, but I'm reading stories about mixing the two, and it doesn't look good. I hope a couple shots won't be too bad...

I'm kind of pissed now...
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