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Citalopram doesn't work.. Any advise?

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Hi everyone,

Recently (since April 13th) I started taking Citalopram (Celexa) for my depression. I started with 10 mg, which made me feel 'normal'/neutral for the first two weeks. After those two weeks my GP increased the dose to 20 mg, which she said is the standard dose for adults. I took 20 mg for five weeks, but didn't notice any effect. After five weeks the dose was increased to 30 mg. On 30 mg I feel less nervous. I don't feel happier or more positive, but I worry a little bit less.
My psychiatrist wants to up my dose to 40 mg or switch to escitalopram. Do you think that upping the dose to 40 mg will work? I have my doubts, because 20 and 30 mg didn't work. Should I still try or would it be wiser to switch to a different brand?
I felt like my psychiatrist could not advice me properly. It was like he was reading everything from Wikipedia. Does anyone have experience with this? Is it 'normal' to not really feel happier/more positive on 20/30 mg? How am I am supposed to feel (if they would work)? I would appreciate some advice.

Thanks in advance!
 
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Hi,
The max dose is 40 mg a day, it might work. It's probably worth trying.
Can take up to 6-8 weeks for symptoms to settle.
Take care
 
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I'm on 50mg of Sertraline which is another selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) but mostly on it for anxiety and a little depression as I'm a voice hearer with a voice that talks non-stop from the moment I awake until the moment I fall asleep and has done for the past three years and it doesn't look like it'll end any time soon.

They don't make you any happier or positive, you have to find that yourself but it will help desensitise you to the cause of your depression, for me in conjunction with an anti-psychotic (which reduces the volume of my voice by around 95%) they help me ignore the voice I hear and not get wound up about it.

It took me a while to find the right anti-psychotics that do the most good with acceptable side effects and I imagine it's the same with anti-depressants, try the higher dose and if you're still not happy with it there are plenty of others to choose from.
 
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Hi,
The max dose is 40 mg a day, it might work. It's probably worth trying.
Can take up to 6-8 weeks for symptoms to settle.
Take care
40mg ? I was on 200mg it did nothing but zombify me dude who made this thread id recommend asking to change to something else be stern say it does fuck all and you want to change doctors will try increase you to max you dont want that if you want any sort of emotion in life
 
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Do you feel alert? Thats how i feel on SSRI.
 
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40mg is the the maximum dose for this medication.

sadpunchingbag, who on earth put you on 200mg
How long were you on this dose for.

I think whoever did this should be asked some serious questions.
 
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