Citalopram forum (A review)

In this guide, we will discuss the “Citalopram forum” while reviewing some experiences and perceptions from users on the treatment with Citalopram.

Citalopram forum

Citalopram forums are full of reviews from users that are taking or have taken Citalopram as part of their treatment.

Here we will review some of the most actual comments about this medication.

If you are considering starting your treatment or have recently started then this can be very useful. 

The website drugs.com has up to date, 744 ratings with 786 User reviews on Citalopram, where the average rating is 7.5/10.

Let’s consider that 219 people so far have given Citalopram a perfect score of 10/10 which accounts for 30% of the total, and the worst score has been 1/10 from 72 users or 10% of the reviews.

So this means there is a significant amount of people who have benefited from the use of Citalopram. 

However, we are not encouraging the use of Citalopram.

You can ask your doctor about the benefits and side effects of this medication before considering the treatment.

If you have already started and there are no improvements after a few weeks consult with your doctor

Reviews of Citalopram in drugs.com 

Qualitatively, let’s see what they had to say about their positive and negative experiences. Positive reviews include:  

“I’ve been taking Citalopram for 8 months and it did work for me for my anxiety but my memory, usually good, has become very bad. I haven’t gained weight. You must only drink in moderation. Taste buds have changed. Lately, I’ve had my social anxiety back and because I dread Christmas anyway they haven’t helped me over this period. They are worth taking but I’m due a review of them in the new year which is timely.”

“Anyone thinking of trying this drug for anxiety, I would urge you to give it a go. I was very apprehensive about taking antidepressants, but after struggling with peri-menopausal night sweats and horrendous intrusive anxious thoughts, I had to do something. I’m so glad I did. My anxious thoughts have completely stopped and the night sweats have become very occasional and far less intense after about 10 weeks. At first, I experienced most side effects, but I’d urge anyone to stick with it and start on a low dose (I’m on 10mg). I had horrible insomnia for a few nights and a ‘woolly’ headache for a week and a very dry mouth. However, all these side effects have disappeared and the benefits massively outweigh the few days I had no sleep! My concentration levels are so improved, I’m no longer irritable, no sweats and most important of all, no horrible anxious thoughts which were affecting my work, my marriage, and my ability just to enjoy life. P.S no problems with sexual climax either!”

In contrast, negative reviews include:

“My daughter has been prescribed citalopram for anxiety and depression. She has been on it for 10 weeks. This medication has made her much worse. She has been through hell these last few weeks hoping it work eventually work. The panic attacks and social anxiety had multiplied 10 fold. Be careful taking these I’m shocked how these have affected her.”

“Been on citalopram 10mg for three weeks now and if anything I actually feel worse. Do not want to leave the house, just feel like sleeping, how long does it take?”

What is Citalopram?

Citalopram (Clexa) is a type of antidepressant (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor or SSRI), often used to treat depression and also sometimes it is prescribed to treat panic attacks. 

Research has suggested its effectiveness in helping people recover from depression and has been shown fewer side effects compared to other antidepressants.

However, it is only available on prescription, in the form of tablets or liquid drops for faster intake.

It usually takes between 4 to 6 weeks for Citalopram to start working and as with any other drug, it poses the risk of experiencing side effects.

Some of the common side effects include but are not limited to tiredness, dry mouth, and sweating excessively.

Check out the recommended links for additional guides on Citalopram. 

Additional reviews from Everydayhealth.com

So far, up to this date, 289 people have reviews Citalopram and the current rating is 4 ½ starts out of 5.

Meaning, more people have rated Citalopram positively. Let’s see what they had to say about it:

Rated Citalopram (Celexa) for Anxiety

“I am 72 and have never had anxiety before. Since Brexit and losing some good friends over it, my mood changed and I started feeling very anxious – almost all through the day. I was reluctant to go out and see people. I started Citalopram on Sunday -10mg. From Monday to Thursday was awful – MUCH more anxious, rapid heartbeat, sense of impending doom, loss of appetite, insomnia. Thursday night I slept much better and so far Friday (today) feels really good. Pulse is back to normal and I am less anxious than when I started the drug. If you start taking it to prepare for a bumpy ride, to begin with! (Although I believe not everyone gets side effects). Good idea to have a friend with you if you live alone – confiding in someone really helps.”

Rated Citalopram (Celexa) for Depression

“I am taking this for panic and depression. It took about 4 weeks to really help but it really does work!!! Stick it out! I was kind of nauseated & feel kind of out of it for two weeks but now my depression is gone and my anxiety is low. Incredible considering how horrible I felt!!”

Rated Citalopram (Celexa) for Depression

“I have been suffering from depression for years when I started taking citalopram 10 I was trying to commit suicide. I do not recommend.”

Rated Citalopram (Celexa) for Depression

“I was hesitant to take these I’ve got the lowest 10mg however my depression started to take over my life so I had to give it a try. Day 1-3 no bad side effects my appetite went completely so happy as I was comfort eating so far too good to b true. day 4 Nausea started then the dry mouth. No matter how much I drank my mouth felt dry however all this was tolerable. I did have a few day break and started get headache which I had been getting before I took it so I started taking them again. No headache I’m starting to feel “normal” mouth is still dry and I only really feel sick if I don’t eat a little something before I take the pill. They say it takes a few months for it to really kick in I’m coming up to a month so if it hasn’t fully worked yet and I feel better within my self I can’t wait for the full effect.”

Rated Citalopram (Celexa) for Depression

“It helped me within days. My anxiety has calmed and I feel generally happier. So glad I was prescribed this, it’s changing my outlook on life. I did not suffer the extreme side effects like other people are mentioning, except for the reduced sexual desire and slight tiredness. Overall I am happy.”

Rated Citalopram (Celexa) for Depression

“I started taking citalopram 7 weeks ago. I got nauseas and extremely tired through the day and couldn’t sleep at night for the first 2 weeks.. And then that all stopped. After 3 weeks I was very energized during the day, happy and healthy. I am able to exercise and eat right. I was suffering depression, anxiety and social phobia. I have also suffered migraines since I was 12, I’m 31 now. I got weekly migraines, sometimes two or 3. I haven’t had a single migraine in over 6 weeks. This is absolutely amazing for me. I was overweight and now I look awesome. I went from miserable and suicidal even to completely loving life! This drug has given me the quality of Life I deserve to have.”

Reviews of Citalopram on Mentalhealthforum.com

“I’ve been given a 28 day dose of citalopram 10mg by my doctor to help me cope with my depression and anxiety. I’m on a waiting list to see a psychologist too in order to see if they can help me with any CBT or just talking. I’d just like to know if anyone’s been on citalopram before for depression and anxiety and if it helped? Or any side effects?”

“Hi, I was first prescribed citalopram about 8 years ago and was on it for a while, and have been on it for about the last two years as well. Both times i took it i had the same side effects for the first couple of weeks: slight nausea, shaky, weird dreams, hot, REALLY tired…. but as I say, they pretty much all wore off after a couple of weeks. The only thing i find now is that if i forget to take them for a couple of days, about 2 hours after i take the next one i get dog tired again and feel shaky. But that doesn’t last long.

I’m on 20mg, so the side effects may be less / different for you – see how you go.

The meds will take a while (about 4-6 weeks) to kick in – this is usual – and i personally found they did help. They’re not a ‘cure’ as such, but did enable me to get to a place where i could at least function better and take a step back, so to speak, and start looking at things a bit more objectively.

It’s also generally better (so the professionals say) if you’re on the meds when the counselling starts so that you’re in a place where you can engage with the CBT / whatever. Otherwise it’s a bit of a waste of time.”

Why is this blog about Citalopram forum important?

Citalopram, as we discussed, is an antidepressant medication used to treat depression and also it has been shown to be effective in treating anxiety. As with any other drug, it comes with benefits and unwanted side effects. Every person reacts differently to the drug, so it is important to be aware of the side effects that could be manifested and other related recommendations from your doctor to have a successful treatment course. 

Please feel free to comment in the comments section below!

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about citalopram forum

Does citalopram make you happy?

No, Citalopram won’t make you happy.

It is not intended to alter your personality or make you feel euphoric. 

However, it can help you manage and relieve your symptoms so you can feel like yourself again.

It is possible you may feel worse the first few weeks of the treatment before you can actually start feeling better.

How long does it take for citalopram to kick in?

Citalopram usually starts working after a few weeks of starting the treatment but it won’t reach its full effect until after 4 to 6 weeks.

If after starting the treatment you are feeling worse or don’t see any improvements it is advised you talk to your doctor.

Does citalopram 10mg work anxiety?

Citalopram works by reducing the rate at which the serotonin in your brain is reabsorbed.

This drug has the ability to change the chemistry in your brain, improving how you feel and reducing anxiety symptoms.

Citalopram can help in decreasing the severity of panic attacks and other panic disorder symptoms. 

Are citalopram any good?

Studies have shown that Citalopram is more effective than placebo drugs and it is as effective as tricyclic antidepressants and SSRIs.

Can citalopram make you worse?

Yes, Citalopram can make you feel worse before you can start feeling better.

However, if you are feeling restless or have insomnia, talk to your doctor. 

Recommended links

Halffullnotempty.com: Citalopram (A complete guide)

Halffullnotempty.com: Celexa

Halffullnotempty.com: Citalopram and Hair Loss

Halffullnotempty.com: Citalopram Overdose

What we recommend for depression

Professional counselling

If you are suffering from depression then ongoing professional counselling may be your ideal first point of call. Counselling will utilize theories such as Cognitive behavioural therapy which will help you live a more fulfilling life.

References

Drugs.com: Comments on Citalopram

Mentalhealthforum.net: Comments on Citalopram

Everydayhealth.com: Comments on Citalopram

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