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Old 15-04-08, 15:48
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What does citalopram actually do to you?

I suffer from aniexty/panic attacks and depression.

I wanted to know what they actually do?

Do they stop your aniexty and panic?



Im due to start them 2moza so quick replies please!

also whats the lowest dose?


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Old 15-04-08, 15:57
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Re: What does citalopram actually do to you?


Hi there Dan, citalopram is an antidepresent rather similar to seroxat as it boosts your serotonin levels. It will usually work if there is an imbalance of serotonin in your brain.
It does work well for some people especially if they are mainly depressed.
To begin with it may have side effects but they should wear off in time.
It doesn't work for everybody though, but it is worth a try
The lowest dose i think is 10mg and the most is 60mg, best to go easy and slow on them.
Good luck hope they can help you but would advice you have some form of therapy alongside them
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Old 15-04-08, 16:54
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Re: What does citalopram actually do to you?

Hi Dan,

SSRI's are used to treat depression. Citalopram in particular is also effective in treating anxiety. If you want a medical explaination of how they work Wikipedia has lots under SSRI.

For depression most people start on 20mg, which is the therapeutic dose. For anxiety it is sensible to start on 10mg and then increase to 20mg after a week or so as it can make anxiety worse for a few days while your brain gets used to the medication. You may need more than 20mg - I did. It depends on the person.

As Richie says, you should take it easy at first and see how you react. I also definitely agree that they don't solve the problem on their own - you should use them to help you manage your life while using CBT or similar to get to the cause of the problem.

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Old 15-04-08, 23:05
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Re: What does citalopram actually do to you?

Hi dan
I cannot add to whats already been said only to say that they worked wanders for me. any small side effects subsided in a few days.

I hope this is helpful to you

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Old 15-04-08, 23:14
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Never worked for me - side effects were worse than panic!
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Old 15-04-08, 23:21
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Re: What does citalopram actually do to you?

Hi Dan ... i agree with Andrewc... they are working wonders for me too. ..if you get any probs tho you can always post, cos there are loads of people who will be able to advise
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Old 16-04-08, 13:09
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Re: What does citalopram actually do to you?

cheers guys.. going to the doctors tonight to see what he says about starting on them.


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Old 19-04-08, 08:52
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Re: What does citalopram actually do to you?

hi i was on citalopram for 9 months started on 10mg first 2 weeks then doc upped them to 20mg they helped me alot hopefuly theyl help you 2 tc xx





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