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Suffering with anxiety/depression, struggling to sleep. Prescribed Citalopram. Any side effects ?

Hi there, I m suffering very bad at the moment with anxiety/ depression , I am struggling to sleep as I keep thinking something bad is going to happen, my head feels like a cloud, I feel exhausted and very tearfully. Doctor has prescribed me 10mg of citalopram but I m terrified to take it. I m scared because I feel weird and scared already and I m scared the tablets are going to make me worse. I also have a 7 month old son that I have to look after everyday! I don t know what to do? I really want to get better but I m scared of the tablets but at the same time I hate this feeling!
Asked On : Sun, 16 Dec 2012
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Thanks for your query. The period of lactation is considered stressful for the nursing mother. Citalopram is a standard and safe medication for depressive illness and i suggest you go with your doctor's advise. In addition, you can consider psychotherapy (eg cognitive behavioural therapy) that might be beneficial to you. It requires a stress-free mind for good nurturing mothering. You can also learn stress management techniques from your psychological counsellor. Hope you found the information useful.
Dr Sundar Gnanavel
Answered: Thu, 3 Jan 2013
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Psychiatrist Dr. Srikanth Reddy's  Response
Your condition makes me concerned. Nursing period is very stressful and you also don't get adequate sleep.Please try to understand that medications are there to help you and I am sure your psychiatrist will be available, even if you face any problem after taking medication. At present what you need to do is, ask for help from your family who I think will surely help you in baby care and daily chores. You can then get adequate time to handle your health. Along with the medications, ask your psychiatrist to help you with cognitive behavioural therapy.
Hope you get well soon. Have a nice day.
Answered: Mon, 17 Dec 2012
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