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Post by free2ridejones on Sat Jan 30, 2010 3:54 am

Hi everyone

I am just new to the group and 5 days on Citalopram. I appreciate I have not been on it long enough to be of any benefit. I was tired to begin with but am much worse now. Taking it at night is not much help either.

I'd be interested if anyone wants to share what anti d you are on and if you think it is any good or if one gives a better lift than others. Just trying to find out if there is one that is commonly used and does most people well.

Thanks in advance

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Post by Guest on Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:26 am

Welcome to TBBD freee2ridejones

Hi Very Happy

I haven't been on Citalopram, but quite a list of other anti-depressants over the last 4 years. What is working for me is Lamotrigine. Mood stabilizer and also works for bi-polar depression.
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Post by Guest on Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:29 am

Hi there

When I was orginally put onto SSRI's (anti'd's) I was put on Fluoxitine (this was June 2009) for a few months (around 5 I think).

It took about 5 weeks to 7 weeks for me to start to calm down on these and then I ran out and didn't take them for a day and made an appointment with the dox for a repeat. I found the fluoxitine calming, but what I didn't realise was that the spark was not back. Fluoxitine is Prozac.

My doctor gave me a prescription for Citalopram which really upset me because I couldn't understand why. I had to be off Fluox for 3 days and found that a bit difficult too.

Now as it is around 2 months down the track I can see why. I have a bit more energy now, and am in a better 'frame'. I am not sure if it is the citalopram, but I am sure that it has helped more than a little!!!

I orginally started on 20 mg's and was increased to 30mg just before xmas - around a month ago.

Hope that helps, and hang in there!!!! I love you

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Post by Paddy on Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:34 am

Hi, and welcome to our TBBD Family. cheers

Citalopram - In case you don’t already have it, here is the Medsafe Link to the NZ Consumer Information Medical Fact Sheet on Citalopram – I hope its of use – you can save or print it out, to read at your leisure.
http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/Consumers/cmi/a/arrow-citalopram.htm

It may be worth while ‘phoning your medical centre and asking a Practice Nurse if it is alright to switch from the evening dosage, to mornings. For some reason, anecdotally anyway, it seems more ‘efficacious’.

I’ve used Citalopram with no ill effects – it was my last med – I decided I was ‘well’ and doing great a few years back (in retrospect, it was the reverse, but these things happen). I asked to back on meds last August, and I’m currently using Paroxetine – mmm – It seems to help me face life a little more enthusiastically than I other wise might. ‘Course that might just be all in my head, so to speak, pffft???

Because we are all different, there is no one pill for us all, or even similar dosages and there are sometimes, periods of ‘hit and miss’ in the prescribing, until both the ‘best pill’ and the ‘best dosage’, is lucked upon.

Remember, not all the so called adverse symptoms are likely to be experienced and often, none are.

Keep maybe too, a Mood Diary, so that you have a more accurate record of how each day actually is going, rather than how you may remember it to have been, in five weeks time or whatever. And, keep sharing your thoughts, feelings, fears, and hopes, with your medical team, eh? Keeping them informed, helps them help us help ourselves, I reckon. Something like that, anyhow.

We have a personal’ Journal’ Section here at TBBD you are welcome to use, or you may prefer to write it on your computer and save it, or do it the hard way, with a pen and paper like us old folk still do. Take care, eh?

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Post by Guest on Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:42 am

Hi,

I am on citlopramine (sp) and taking it in the mornings. I have been on it for a few years now.

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Post by free2ridejones on Sat Jan 30, 2010 7:58 pm

It may be worth while ‘phoning your medical centre and asking a Practice Nurse if it is alright to switch from the evening dosage, to mornings. For some reason, anecdotally anyway, it seems more ‘efficacious’.

Thank you everyone for your input.

Paddy- I was told to take it in the morning but was very tired to begin with. I heard others took it at night with better results as far as the fatigue went.

I am struggling to to stay awake most days without adding anything to make it worse. Do you think one misses the best effect by taking it at night time. Only had 5 doses so a switch back to mornings I would not think to be a bother. My last dose was at 6pm last night.

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Re: New here

Post by qwerky90 on Mon Feb 01, 2010 6:50 am

Hello,

i'm on citalopram, have been on it for about 6 months I suppose. Give it some time. It is slowely worked well for me.. I still have my major up and downs, but it's not as bad as it ever use to be.
I take mine at before I go to bed and that has been pretty good for me or I would be shattered throughout the day, and that was having a MAJOR effect during work hours.

I'm on 40mg a day and just trying to take it day by day..

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Re: New here

Post by Paddy on Mon Feb 01, 2010 8:11 am

Hard to get a straight answer here, innit?

Thats cos, we're not experts and we are all so different, despite our shared experiences, fears, hopes etc. Go with what feels best, in consult with your medical team. If evening feels like a better time for you, then yeah, why bloody not, eh?

Remember too, that anger and annoyanace and tears and stuff, are all valid emotions and its not necessarily great to keep them locked down all the time.

Those feeling, we can feel - just as equally, we can allow ourselves to feel happiness and enjoyment in things - even tiny, otherwise inconsequential things, cos its those that are those most important.

Oh yeah, and this one is REALLY important - Please, don't put too much 'blame' on you for being unwell. Lots and lots of us are, one way or another, but we are also caring human beings, so ease up on yourself, eh? Please? Ta.

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