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Difference between paroxetine and citalopram (or any SSRIs) ?

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nowhereland

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So I used to take paroxetine, but I stopped a couple of months ago. Now I've been given citalopram instead. For anyone who's taken them both, are there any noticable differences between the two?

I'm wondering mainly about side effects - should I expect the same sort of thing as when I first started on paroxetine? Is there that much difference between the effects of different SSRIs on the same person? I assume there must be something different about them, other wise they'd have the same name, but from googling it it's hard to work out what exactly that difference is. I just want to be prepared (as much as I can be).
 
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Prozac made me agitated jittery in fact lost the plot on it and my CPN said citrlopram is a calming anti depressant its so much better:)
 
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Paroxetine made me agitated too, and very hyper at times. To be honest I was looking forward to the hyper part as it was kind of fun. ;) Sometimes it went too far though.

I guess I can't really expect the same side effects at all then, going by what you've said (I haven't taken it yet). I hope it doesn't make me too calm, I was hoping it would make me more motivated to get on with things.

Thanks for your response. :)
 
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Well I'll reply to my own thread in case anyone in the same situation comes across it later, and because Easy Rider has just reminded me of its existance. ;)

Not the same effects at all. Totally different. In fact the citalopram doesn't seem to be doing anything at all, and I've been taking it a bit over a week now. I guess it's still early days, but so far a completely different experience to when I started on paroxetine.