Citalopram not helping

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Amz24
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   Posted 6/6/2012 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi everyone,

I don't really know where to start, I've suffered with depression since I was about 12. I've tried numerous tablets over the years.
I was off any meds for about 4 yrs, but I just kept getting worse, but I didnt really notice it at the time, until last year I was diagnosed with anorexia.

In February I ended up as an inpatient at a mental hospital and was put on 20mg of citalopram. I was an inpatient for a month, I found the citaloprams were working at first, until a few weeks ago.

I spoke to my GP and he put me upto 30mg, but I'm still not feeling any benefits.
I'm going round in circles with the mental health team, I haven't seen anyone since I came out of hospital,so I've kind of been trying to cope with everything by myself, which some days is really difficult.

My GP doesn't want to put me upto 40mg of citalopram because my weight is still fairly low and it could cause me more harm than good.

Is it worth me speaking to the GP about going onto different meds or is it better to give them more time?

Thanks for reading my post :-)
"Sometimes The Cure Is Worse Than The Illness"

DX- Fibromyalgia, Severe Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Sero Negative Rheumatoid Arthritis, Anxiety, Migraines, Fibrocystic Breast Disease, Low Vitamin D, IBS, Recovering Anorexia, Bipolar Disorder????

Meds- Tramadol 50mg, Citalopram 20mg, Forceval, Vitamin B Complex Strong, Thiamine.

getting by
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   Posted 6/6/2012 4:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Amz,

I would give the medication a good four to six weeks to see if there is any improvement in the way that you feel. It takes a good six to eight weeks at first for the medicaiton to reach it's full potential. So if you don't feel better in that time, I would talk to the doctor and see about switching meds. It is hard to wait for a medication to start helping you. Just have patience. Things are going to get better. You are staying on top of things and that is important.

Try to take walks during the day if you have time. That will help you to feel better until the medications kick in. Listen to some music that you like. Try to do fun things. Eventually it will become easier for you to feel better. Don't give up on yourself. Keep on keeping on.

Know that we all do understand how it feels to feel depressed, and that we are here for you. We have all been through it and know how it feels.

Keep trying and keep posting.

Hugs, Karen
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Amz24
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Date Joined Apr 2011
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   Posted 6/7/2012 4:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for your reply Karen.

I will definitely give the tablets a few more weeks and if there is no change, then I will speak to my GP again.

I do try to take a walk everyday, but the good british weather sometimes gets in the way of going out!!!
At the moment we have 65mph winds and alot of rain coming in for the next couple of days, which I don't think helps with depression!!
"Sometimes The Cure Is Worse Than The Illness"

DX- Fibromyalgia, Severe Depression, Borderline Personality Disorder, Sero Negative Rheumatoid Arthritis, Anxiety, Migraines, Fibrocystic Breast Disease, Low Vitamin D, IBS, Recovering Anorexia, Bipolar Disorder????

Meds- Tramadol 50mg, Citalopram 30mg, Forceval, Vitamin B Complex Strong, Thiamine.

getting by
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   Posted 6/7/2012 4:51 PM (GMT -6)   
That kind of weather is depressing and you can't even go outside. I hope that ends soon and you have nicer weather. I say nicer because I have heard that you do get a lot of rain. I guess that keeps everything nice and green. Just trying to find the silver lining. lol...

I sure do hope that the medication works for you. keep me posted, okay??? Have patience, but if it doesn't help within the time frame, do talk to your doctor. Sometimes we just need to switch to something else. But I hope that this works for you...

Hugs, Karen
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