New Rx For Citalopram, Nervous About Taking It
Posted 08 September 2012 - 10:18 PM
I don't know what my potassium or magnesium levels are until Tuesday and the rx info said not to take it if you are low, I'm just kind of lost and scared about what to do and hoped to hear from those who have been here, I am a single mom of 2 and cannot afford to flake out or die on them And if I do get the nerve to take it, would you recommend starting with an am dose or pm?
Any and all advise really is welcome!!!
Posted 09 September 2012 - 07:32 PM
I have been taking Citolopram at a low dose, 10 mg for about 6 years. I never could get up to 20 mg because I'm super sensitive, so I felt I was filled with adrenaline instead of the calming I needed. Right now I'm only on 7.5 mg which is hardly nothing, but I take it together with lithium and has helped me out of a dark phase I was in.
Everyone experiences meds differently, some people can tolerate what others can't tolerate. the only way to find out is to try. At first meds can make you feel different, or experience unwanted side effects, but most times the effects go away. Keeping close to the dr that prescribes your meds is very important. Try not to be scared, fear sometimes keeps up from something that can be very helpful. Take care.
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Posted 09 September 2012 - 09:41 PM
I would like to make your decision easier, but actually I may make it more difficult. Please be aware that depression has been linked to disease pathology in the brain. One part of the brain that controls mood, sleep, appetite and many other things can lose as much as 20% of its total volume through atrophy in serious depression. A 20% volumetric loss is HUGE. I find it amazing that the brain can still function in this disease state. A recent study has linked a family history of depression to a 28% thinning of an area of the cerebral cortex, the outer layer of the brain that is so important for us humans. If you stop to think about it, a 28% thinning of the outer layer of a human brain is also a HUGE loss. And depression also appears to be a progressive illness.
So while it is true that antidepressants can have dangerous side effects, it is also true that depression can represent serious disease pathology in the brain. Depression is one of the few brain illnesses that leads to fatalities. If that were not bad enough, depression has been linked to systemwide bodily harm: abnormalities in hormone regulation, poor cardiac health and reduced blood vessel and heart function, reduced immune responses to infection, adult-onset diabetes, accelerated tumor growth in cancer patients, osteoporosis and even various senile dementias. So it is not "just" a brain illness.
I think it is so beautiful that you are worried about your children and the effects of Citalopram. I wouldn't want you to stop asking questions and having concerns about your meds. But also please be concerned about depression too.
My best advice to you is that if you are concerned about the medication, please seek a second medical opinion. That is your right as a patient and is a time honored medical tradition. Please realize that I do not want to minimize in any way your concerns. I feel they are valid concerns. But please seek a second medical opinion before you take any action. I am very sorry you are suffering this illness. I send you all by best thoughts and wishes.
Edited by Ep1ctetus, 09 September 2012 - 09:44 PM.
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Mental Illness is a serious health condition not to be trifled with. It requires treatment by highly trained, experienced, qualified and Board-certified physicians, physician- specialists, and mental health professionals. There is no substitute for this professional care. I am not a mental health professional, only a fellow sufferer.
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Posted 10 September 2012 - 10:54 AM
I worry most about the side effects having a negative impact on my behavior, I am less patient with every part of my life and that is why I decided to seek help. I was becoming a yelling mom and that is unacceptable to me.
I should have my bloodwork back today or tomorrow and I will be satisfied with that and start the celexa Friday when the kids go to see their father for the weekend. Thank you both very much for responding.
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