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Citalopram side effects


I'm on 30mg of citalopam and im struggling if im gonna be honest. I find it near impossible to concentrate in my admin/customer service mon-fri job. I struggle to put a sentence together...and my memory is beyond terrible. Has anyone else experienced these symptoms? Thanks

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I feel for you I really do I’m only on 10mg and I feel like that some days. Especially now I’m at work too.

Hi Guitarfreak357

Thank you so much for sharing your problem.. you are NOT alone.

How long have you been taking citalopram for? The first few weeks your body will take some getting used to it, you may suffer side effects such as headaches and nausea but these will pass quickly but I personally haven’t ever experienced lack of concentration myself. I have had a look on some other forums and I can see that other side effects include:

Common side effects of citalopram include drowsiness, insomnia, nausea, weight changes (usually weight gain), increase in appetite, vivid dreaming, frequent urination, decreased sex drive, anorgasmia, dry mouth,[2] increased sweating, trembling, diarrhea, excessive yawning, severe tinnitus, and fatigue. Less common side effects include bruxism, vomiting, cardiac arrhythmia, blood pressure changes, dilated pupils, anxiety, mood swings, headache, and dizziness. Rare side effects include convulsions, hallucinations, severe allergic reactions and photosensitivity.[2] If sedation occurs, the dose may be taken at bedtime rather than in the morning. Some data suggest citalopram may cause nightmares.[32]

Perhaps you should contact your GP to see if there are any other options for you?

I hope that you feel much better soon, and for any other support you need just ask the community.

Warm wishes


Hey yeah I've been on citalopram for nearly 2 months. Last week my Dr increased my dosage to 30mg. I been feeling a lot worse since being on them so if it doesn't improve by next week I will be going back to the Dr

I’m on another SSRI and my dose went up 3 weeks ago. I’ve had two really hard weeks but this weekend things seem to be improving and the lack of focus etc is getting better gradually. It has been tough but I’d give yourself some time to settle, unless the side effects are unbearable. My doc and I agreed 4 weeks on the higher dose: I was even crossing off days on the calendar

How long have you been taking the Citalopram? When I first started taking them I was really distracted and found focussing so hard. You need to give yourself time to adapt to the medication, don’t be hard on yourself. 😊 x

Been on citalopram for 2 months and my doc increased my dosage to 30mg last week. N thanks it really means a lot x

Hi guitarfreak357 and welcome to the forum. You don't say how long you have been taking citalopram. As Mr Help has posted, during the first few weeks your body will take some time getting used to the medication and you may experience some side effects, but these will usually pass. It may be worth asking your GP about this. I hope you will soon start to feel better. Thank you and best wishes.


i came off citalopram 4 months ago now was on 40mg for the last 3 years, i feel for you i have been there. i suffered badly in the early months with brain fog and my memory was shot to pieces but it does get easier its just your brain getting uses to the new signals. it is not a cure but it helps the real cure is you, give cbt ago that really helps me out of a muddle. if your really struggling go back to your gp they are there to help and listen. i have had a lot of help from the nhs wellbeing there great, they do some great course on cbt, i found group therapy great because its nice to know you are not alone and there people out there that feel the same as you. Good luck on your journey i hope it all works out for you.



Thanks shayne. Really means a lot and yep im just about to start CBT. I found getting a guinea pig has given me something to occupy my time outside of work:)

how is it going ? pleased that you are giving CBT a try, stick with it. also glad the guinea pig helps , i found exercise a great help to going for long walks. let me know how you are getting on.

kind regards


Hi shayne yeah it's going okay I have my good and bad days. My CBT starts tonight...kinda nervous:/ went back to the doc and im still on 30mg citalopram which seems to be doing something

hi how did you get on at CBT ? i was nervous when i first went, but it got easier then, i now try and do what ever courses they have going,

what did you call your guinea pig ?

Hey yeah I had a second session last night which went well...was pretty hard going tbh. Lool my guinea pigs called tilly she's like 12 weeks

great news keep up the good work,

Hi there

I had quite a few problems with it .The ceiling felt like it was coming down on me. Not nice.

They said it was just side effects but I asked for it to be reduced to 10mg, It did help slightly.

I hope you start to feel better soon x

I had to stop using citalopam because I felt like I was in a box, and just about not able to function properly. I now take sertraline, at first 50mg, now 100mg. At first the smaller dose seemed to work, then not so much after a while. It was over a period of 2 1/2yrs., so it did help for a good while. I have only been on the higher dosage for a few days, so I'll update later.

I’m on the 30mg and have trouble getting words at times and I’m unsure if it’s to do with Citalopram or if it’s part of the Anxiety and depression I have at present. Sorry I cannot be more specific.

Thanks calico93 for sharing. Absolutely, I can relate! My brain is always crashing trying to get out sentences and carry out simple tasks at work. How long have you been on 30mg?

I’ve been on the 30mg for about 4 months now. I was on it before then went down to 20mg but need the 30mg at least for now. Hope you’re doing well

You feel like there helping? I went back up to 30mg about 4 weeks ago and they are just about stabilising me. It's the worst when the doctor changes your medication

I guess it’s a fine balance for medication as what suits one person doesn’t suit another. I’m new to these boards too am 62 and this is worst I’ve experienced but am assured it will diminish in its effect on daily life. All very frustrating but give the meds a good time to work so it stays stable. I try to use destraction if my minds over working although concentration has been affected by depression. Wishing you all the best

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