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What causes drowsiness while being on Citalopram?

hi the start of this year i was put on anti depressiants for sleep problems and anxity disorder i have had them changes many of times and now im on citolapram which i take 20 mg a day. I have notice that i have started sleeping 48 hours after i have fallen a sleep when i wake up its like im not on this earth and i can fall back to sleep all the time i use to have this problem when i was an early teen but didnt think anything of it. Whats going on with me my life is being wasted by sleep now.
Mon, 22 Sep 2014
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Hi

I understand your concern.

If you are feeling sleepy after taking medicines then need to consult your doctor.

Need to dose reduction of citalopram.

10 mg is also useful to treat anxiety and depression.
need to consider if any other medicine that have you taken along with citalopram.


Substitute like sertraline is also beneficial in depression and anxiety.

So discuss with your psychiatrist and get help.

It is unusual that sleeping for 48 hours with citalopram.

Still have a query then feel free to ask.

Thank you.


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