Citalopram anyone on these??

Hi everyone I've been battling anxiety panic disorder and gad for around 14 years with no meds,I've recently been doing cbt and thought it was going well but ibe been hit with the loss of my father and other issues like my daughter not coping well with the loss she's only 7,I'm terrified to take these meds as I've got allergies and I don't no if ill have a reaction to them,and I'm also terrified of side effects,can anyone give me there personal experiance of this med, its 10mg dose thanks x

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  • Hi

    I'm sorry to hear about the loss of your dad.

    I took Citralopram for 4 days but it made me super ill, so I gave up. They effect everyone differently though, so you might be completely fine on them plus your doctor wouldn't give you them if they thought anything bad may happen. Xx

  • Can I ask how the made you ill, if u don't mind?

  • The first day I took them I lost my appetite and couldn't sleep, I felt super anxious and on edge and had constant adrenaline running through me, I didn't sleep for 4 days, I stopped taking them and I returned to normal the next day. My doctor did say I would get this for at least 2 weeks but it just wasn't worth it for me xx

  • Hi

    I have not taken them personally , but lots have & have had good results & got on with them very well

    Maybe you could try them & if you feel you are having any side effects you can stop them & go back to see GP

    It helps me when I am afraid of something to say I will just do it today & that way it takes the pressure of the fear

    So a day at a time you could take one & see how you feel , they could benifit you

    Sorry about your loss , i lost my Mum 10 years ago now & its very hard , you do eventually learn to live with the loss , its a slow process , the love you have for them , you keep forever in your heart




  • Hi dear

    I'm sorry to hear about all this things happened to you lately!!!I would suggest you to take some tablets.Personally I ve been on citalopram for few years (after trying other meds) and now I m so much better!!;-) Just try it for 4 weeks to see the effect but if there's any problems go back to your doctor and will change it for you.hugs xxx

  • I'm soooo scared of taking them I keep hearing horror storys and with having 2 small children I just can't afford to be really ill I've no time for it, I think I need to try them but why is it so scary? How long did it take u to notice the tablets working x

  • I took citralopram for about 4 yrs and I felt a bit sick for a couple of weeks and then I was fine. I also have 2 children and I was a single mum, I managed it. I totally understand about your Dad I lost my mum last May and it is still quite raw for me. Speak to the chemist or dr about you allergies and your worries xx

  • Hi, I spoke to doctor and chemist about possible reactions to the tablets and both basically said same thing won't no if I'm allergic till I try it its something I've always gotta do its terrifying hun honestly, I hope I only get some mild side effects and don't end up very ill I've got my counciler on tuesday and my daughters got her berevment counciling on thursday I need to be well enough to get out and about! :s worried I'm gunna be in a state x

  • Hi, what a pain. I can now understand why you are fearful. You are caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. I'm sending you all my support and big hugs xxxxx

  • Hi Julie, so sorry about your sad loss. 8 years ago I was prescribed them, and after a couple of weeks, I was okay and the feeling of nausea passed. However, perhaps there was an interaction with other medications due to my other illness, but this time I had horrific hallucinations, and have since stopped taking them.

    I can only advise you to speak to your medical team to ask for their advice, and wish you the strength to cope :)

    Sandra x x x

  • I had a panic/anxiety attack, they gave me propranolol to help and now im off the citalopram and just on propranolol

  • What works for some may not work for everyone, unfortunately citalopram didn't work for my anxiety, worked for my depression but not anxiety, im on propranolol for my anxiety now.

  • Hi

    What I do is google the medication and you will find a forum with many peoples experiences. Always good and bad but can maybe help you decide. I can't take any antidepressants as they make me ill in so many ways. However they may be ok for you.

    Hugs to you for your loss it must be so hard for you. x

  • Hi

    I joined the no Googling ban on here

    I used to Google everything & as I suffer with health anxiety & fear of meds I always focused on the worse experiences when I looked at peoples replies

    Now I try & concerntrate that what works for one , may not work for another as we all can react different to meds

    We can only try & come of them if we feel worse

    I hope you have had a good day




  • That's what I need to do stop googling with every symptom because it can be scary to little knowledge is harmful and the Internet does worry you.

  • Join the non Googling ban & when you feel the urge come on here instead , its alot better & has made me calmer since i stopped


  • Dear Julied87,

    I am very sorry for your loss.

    I have been on citralopram 10mg for approx. 10 months.

    The only side effects that I possibly have are some constipation, tiredness and something about my dreams.

    warmest regards,


  • Marcus you are here

    Special hugs

    ((( :-) )))

  • Dear Whywhy,

    Thank you.

    I have been on the site however, I do not always know what to write in a blog so a will not write a blog. I also do not reply to questions unless I am able to give a good answer.

    a lovely hug,

    Marcus xxx

  • I no Marcus , I got to no you a little ;-)

    I have been looking out for you though & as lots have been having problems getting on here I was hoping you had made it & was pleased to see you

    I cant blog at the moment , I am still waiting for the teething problems to be solved

    Seeing you & your hugs though as everything seems to strange on here was nice , made it feel more like home

    A special hug




  • Dear Whywhy,

    I couldn't find the new site initially and used an old email from anxiety uk to find out what was going on.

    I am happy to read that my hugs made it feel more like home.

    a big hug,

    Marcus xxx

  • They certainly did Marcus

    ((( :-) )))

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