All right friends, here's the skinny. Depression happens to run very much on my dad's side of the family... along with anxiety. (What is it with the double wammies? Endo+PCOS. Depression+Anxiety). As you can imagine, I've been on the whole range of anti-deps and anti-anxiety pills over the years. Tried them all, hated them all... until now. When I was battling PPD my dad told me he had gotten on cit.alopram and had been on it for a couple of years. He had all of the same side effects I did while on all of the other meds, and told me this one didn't give him any. He also told me it gave him a longer fuse, so things tended to upset him a lot less.
I went to my (now) old GP and asked for the prescription by name a few months ago. She told me she wanted to put me on wel.butrin and I told her I didn't want that. Especially as she said it could make my panic attacks worse. When I started seeing the shrink shortly after that appointment, she recommended me to a new GP who didn't hesitate to give me exactly what I asked for. The first couple weeks were fantastic. I could literally feel the effects of it on my brain. Then the dose quit working and I had to double it.
I have been on 40 mgs of cit.alopram for about 4 months now and I LOVE the stuff. I take it before bed because it helps me sleep, and then I get to enjoy all of the positive effects during the day. I can't believe how happy it has made me. I look back and wonder why the deuce I waited so long to get on it. Not only does it affect me, but it also affects everyone around me. I am so much happier, which in turn makes everyone else happier, including my dogs.
In addition to that, my fuse is almost non-existent. You know how they say don't sweat the small stuff? I don't anymore. I just don't care. I'm too happy to care.
I have to say, I used to be a slightly shy person before, but since I have been on this magic pill, I have been so outgoing its crazy. I'm making new friends left and right. Apparently they also use this medication for people with social anxiety. I can see why.
Do I recommend it? ABSO-FRICKEN-LUTELY!