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Query about becoming anxious unnecessarily - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, may I answer your health querie
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   How can I help you?
User :   Hello. I am taking Citalopram HBR 20mg daily and I was just wondering how long it takes before I feel the medication actually start to work?
Doctor :   To help you answer better, May I know the reason why you have been on this pill?
User :   My husband and I are both in the military and have a young daughter, when he left i was all alone and started to have anxiety pretty bad so my doctor prescribed me this medication and I need to know how long it takes before it start to actually work
User :   (deployed)
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   The effectivity of the medication's on your symptom depend on how severe your symptoms act.
Doctor :   Theoretically, the drug takes 24 to 36 hour to build up in the body,
Doctor :   the effects are noticable.
User :   My anxiety is not uncontrollable but I was reading message boards and they all stated "at least" a month. I figured these people may not know what they are talking about so I decided to ask a professional. I have been taking it for a couple of weeks-for at least a week daily. So it should already be working/
Doctor :   The effects of the medication depends on the levels attained in the plasma.
Doctor :   The minimum dosage of the medication being 10mg and is constantly increased to 60mg, depending on its effects on the symptoms.
Doctor :   If you feel that the medications are not giving the desired levels inspite of being on it for more than 2 weeks,
Doctor :   report to your doctor, who will slowly increase the dose of the medication.
User :   Okay thank you for your help!
Doctor :   With an appropriate dosage, and with help of other life style modifications, you should be feeling better.
Doctor :   Have you followed what I have suggested?
Doctor :   Do you have any other query?
Doctor :   Are you there?
User :   Yes, thank you, have a good night
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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