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Cilalopram...

(514 Posts)
YommyMommy Fri 26-Oct-12 14:25:29

I can only handle positive stories right now please smile

I have started on 10mg today for anxiety and depression. I'm do relived to b getting some help and looking forward to feeling like myself...I know it won't work over night but would love to hear success stories!

X x

cocolepew Sat 27-Oct-12 13:25:21

I dreamt about my dead gran, or her house, constantly when I was on it. Even when I'm not on it I have vivid dreams. I must have been a Hollywood director in a past life wink

CuriousMama Sat 27-Oct-12 13:42:18

Sparkling doesn't sound odd at all, it's fab for that.

DS2 has moved to comp now and that's taken a lot of stress off me. No more school run and he loves it there, hated primary. I just got his grades and he's doing so well smile He's never been academic but is starting to be average and above average in some topics, especially English.

cocolepew, maybe you should do script writing? wink

YommyMommy Sat 27-Oct-12 13:47:49

Should I net have taken them so close together? I took the first one at 7.30 last night then too one at 11 today.

I have to admit I do feel a little spaced out but that might just my imagination or the fact that I still can't eat much.

X x

CuriousMama Sat 27-Oct-12 13:54:10

You'll be ok as you'll be taking the next one in the morning.
Do try to eat something though even if it's soup. Main reason being we need lots of vitamins and minerals to have a healthy nervous system plus you'll end up tired. Can you make a big pan of broth and pick at that?

Sparklingbrook Sat 27-Oct-12 13:56:20

When I changed from evening to morning I did exactly what you did Yommy. The GP told me to do it like that and it was fine.

I used to taker mine as soon as I woke up. My appetite all but disappeared when I first started taking them but it came back with a vengeance after a while.

Susieloo Sat 27-Oct-12 14:08:43

I was on them for six months and had no side effects, they had a profoundly positive effect on me in terms of reducing crippling anxiety and paranoia that was reducing me to vague suicide ideation, I say vague because I didn't want to actively die I just wouldn't have minded not waking up if that makes sense. It was the best decision I ever made and I wouldn't hesitate to take them again, they worked really quickly for me to. I have recommended them to any of my friends who were talking about high anxiety and depression. Best of luck smile

YommyMommy Sat 27-Oct-12 14:40:28

Yes susieloo, it it my reality at the moment...don't won't to die but wouldn't mind if I never woke up! How horrible sad

I'm so glad it worked for you! Hope it works for me too!! grin x x

Sparklingbrook Sat 27-Oct-12 14:47:08

Obviously it can't take away the causes of the anxiety and depression but it takes all the rough edges away and enables you to function again.

YommyMommy Sat 27-Oct-12 15:11:21

Yes I realise that sparkling. It has all been make much worse by physical ill health. The anxiety has been ongoing since birth of DS1, but was manageable up til now.

I'm also going for counselling so that should help too!

Thanks again everyone...you have no idea what ur positive stories mean to me! X x

Sparklingbrook Sat 27-Oct-12 15:12:49

Oh sorry Yommy that wasn't meant to sound arsey or anything. sad grin <worries>

CuriousMama Sat 27-Oct-12 16:14:36

No Sparkling, shove that paranoia to the side me lass wink You're reading the intonation all wrong.

YommyMommy Sat 27-Oct-12 16:17:21

Not at all sparkling!! I never thought it was meant that way grin x x

Sparklingbroomstick Sat 27-Oct-12 16:18:34

The Citalopram didn't take away my worry about upsetting people Yommy. grin grin

CuriousMama Sat 27-Oct-12 16:25:04

grin I'm glad you worry worts are all sorted now. I can happily have my bath and get dressed up as a devil for the ball. I'll be naughty for all of you don't worry wink

cocolepew Sat 27-Oct-12 16:26:30

I think I 've missed my calked curiousmama grin

I was given betablockers at tge same time. The dr said they would work straightaway to remove the physical side of anxiety ie shaking, rapid heart etc. I didn't stay on them the whole time (Dd had a breakdown and this was why I went on them). But they really helped too.

CuriousMama Sat 27-Oct-12 17:11:28

Aww sorry about your dd coco. You'd do anything to take away their pain wouldn't you? I hate it when mine are suffering x

cocolepew Sat 27-Oct-12 17:55:54

Thanks, it was the worse time of my life. Thankful we found a great therapist and she got better very quickly.

charliesweb Sat 27-Oct-12 18:05:34

I started taking citalopram at the end of August. I was really looking forward to the long summer break and spending time with my children (I work term time). But I spent the whole holiday feeling anxious and worrying about something I'd done. In the end I decided enough was enough and went to my GP. I feel much more able to cope at the moment and when the thoughts come I can push them away instead of dwelling on them and letting them build up into a monster. My husband had reservations at first, but says he can see the difference in me. I am also much more patient with the kids and far less likely to fly off the handle. I used to have a really short fuse. I find sharing my thoughts when they start to eat at me helps me to put them in perspective and stops them getting out of control. That's where mumsnet really helps because there's always someone to listen.

sparklingsea Sat 27-Oct-12 18:29:25

I have been on it for just over a year and had other times over the years that I have had them. They transform my life, really they do, once I have got over the first few weeks of strangeness. I feel totaly normal on them, the best version of me with out the crippling cycles of anxiety. Never want to come off if I am honest!

First time I have been on a thread with sparklingbrook, always imagine you look out onto a lovely sparkling brook as I do the sea?!?

Sparklingbroomstick Sat 27-Oct-12 18:36:45

I wish sparkling but sadly not. grin Landlocked Worcestershire.

YommyMommy Sat 27-Oct-12 19:03:50

Hope you have a fab time at the ball curious mama grin

X x

YommyMommy Sat 27-Oct-12 19:09:02

Thank you sparkling sea and charlieweb!

I'm feeling really tired tonight and can't wait to get to sleep tonight. Just hope I can sleep through until at least 5 or 6 x x

coocoocawhooOOOOO Sat 27-Oct-12 19:24:11

Good thread idea OP, wished I had thought to ask before I started taking Citalopram as was very nervous of any mood enhancing drugs due to mental illness in the family.

I don't recognise myself from the person I was just three weeks ago when I first started. I am on 20mg and think this might be the right level for me as I feel so much better already. I was very sceptical that the anti-d's would work but the better mood almost just crept up on me.

YommyMommy Sat 27-Oct-12 19:30:17

Thank you so much coocoo! I have felt pretty much okay. A little sick and mostly tired. Not sure how I'll get through a day at work come Monday. But I only have one week left then I'm off for two so really don't want to go off sick! X x

squeezed Sat 27-Oct-12 23:05:00

It saved me and allowed me to complete much needed therapy.

On them for 3 years, now been off them. for 15 months. Relationship is now amazing and we're expecting our first child. Work is great also.

There were numerous times I wanted to stop taking citalopram and give up, but it was worth keeping going. I know that I may need meds again, but it isn't too scary because I know I could do it again if I have to.

Good luck with it.

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