Citalopram--Evening or Morning ?

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Tim G
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   Posted 10/4/2017 9:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I've been taking Citalopram 40 mg for anxiety in the evening before bed, but wonder if it may be interfering with sleep? Does anyone take this med or other SSRI in the morning or afternoon? Does it make you drowsy? I've been taking this med for a long time.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 10/4/2017 11:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi T.G. and welcome to the A/P.

If you find your Rx too activating when taken at night...then yes, switching your dosage time to the a.m. is a good (and common) change to make.

Please also see our Resources at the top of the main forum page here for great self help material to help reduce stress and induce relaxation.

I hope you find these steps helpful and get the rest you need. smile

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Tim G
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   Posted 10/5/2017 1:37 PM (GMT -7)   
SC--

Thanks for your helpful response and pointing out resources on the main forum page. Lots of useful links there. I'm going to experiment for a month taking Citalopram in the morning to see what the effect is.

Scaredy Cat
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   Posted 10/5/2017 2:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I hope it works for you...

...and yes, so glad you are going to take advantage of the Resources. There IS good stuff in there...and so much can be gained from daily practice of coping skills!

Post with us anytime. smile

S.C.
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"Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles...it empties today of its strength."
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Tim G
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   Posted 10/5/2017 3:28 PM (GMT -7)   
Yes, indeed. Daily work on coping skills is key. "It's hard by the yard, but a cinch by the inch"

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   Posted 10/5/2017 5:54 PM (GMT -7)   
I also take this med now but at a much lower dose. I am at only 10mg and I can take it am or pm . its not nearly as activating as other ssri are . its one of the reasons I chose this med. if anything it seems to make me sleepy rather than climb the walls like Lexapro did. you at 40 mg will prob feel at diff reaction so experiment and see how it goes.

Tim G
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   Posted 11/2/2017 9:45 PM (GMT -7)   
The experiment with taking Citalopram, 40 mg, in the morning rather than evening is over. I didn't notice any differences, so have switched back to taking it in the evening.

Now I'm trying a new experiment, this one to see if my sleep is helped. I started this month taking a daily 400 mg Magnesium supplement. I'll let it run at least a month, probably longer. I've read that a magnesium supplement, or increased dietary magnesium, is useful for some to get to sleep. The only study I found online was one suggesting that the elderly sleep better using a Mg supplement.
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