I was surprised at how easy it was to get these, but that’s probably because I very rarely need medication and have never taken anything long term. I had a chat with the GP, explained that I’ve been having some personal problems and that I’m getting support through the university and have scheduled counselling and psychiatry appointments. She asked me about the basic depression symptoms (mood, food, sleep, work, etc) and agreed that a bit of medication would probably be wise.
I was prescribed Citalopram 20mg once a day. My GP said to split the pills for the first few days to reduce the risk of side effects. However, I’m a bit impatient about getting things started, so I’ve decided to still split the tablets, but take them twice a day, so I get the same daily dose but with lower peak concentrations… I hope, anyway.
I was a bit anxious about starting these, as there are so many forums out there almost specifically about how people can barely cope with the side effects. To be honest, I’ve been so all over the place that I honestly wouldn’t be able to tell what’s s/e and what’s just me at the moment.
Anyway, I took the two halves of the pill today:
First half (11am) – felt like a huge moment somehow, but nothing huge happened. I was maybe a little lightheaded with the slightest touch of nausea, but that is not an unusual state for me. I also had a weird moment when a wine gum tasted really weird and molten plasticy ( altered taste is a listed s/e), but the next one was normal, so it was probably just an odd moment. Oh, and I had a weird few minutes when I could swear my nose was tingling… peculiar, but somehow amusing.
Second half (5.30pm) – I had decided to take the second half before I went to bed, and I felt rather exhausted early in the evening (something that again is a listed s/e, but again is pretty normal for me at the moment). I suppose I was rather hoping that the tiredness was due to the meds, and that they would be enough to help me sleep through the night. Especially as I have an early start tomorrow morning. It was not to be, however. I was awake again at 8pm and have been generally pottering around for the last three hours. Bugger.
So, overall, not noticed any specific definite s/e that I really think relate to the meds, which is pretty awesome, considering I’m being a touch foolhardy and choosing to take the full daily dose.
The plan at the moment is to continue with split doses over the weekend and start taking the full single doses on Monday.
PS. Just found this, which looks like a good honest thorough guide from someone who’s been throught it, shall take a look at it tonight:
http://www.nomorepanic.co.uk/showthread.php?t=46980 2 years ago