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citalopram extreme daytime sleepiness flashes of light

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#1 lealea2



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Posted 13 November 2013 - 08:51 AM

A month ago I was taking citalopram 20mg in the evening.  I took it for a year but six months ago the daytime sleepiness couldn't be overcome with sleep, naps, or more caffeine.  My PD doctor gave me methylphenadate.  Instead of using that I decreased citalopram to zero.  Extreme daytime sleepiness went away, as did the multiple times a day flashes of light.  Also on ropinirole 3mg/day.  I have not seen mentions of the sleepiness problem or flashes of light.  Is this just an uncommon side effect, or something more?

#2 MComes RPH

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Posted 19 November 2013 - 01:08 PM

There is a rare but not lethal side effect of citilopram and ropinerol which is: seeing, hearing, or feeling things that are not there. This is the only contributing side effect for both.
I will tell tell you that the methylphenidate works great for the sudden sleep syndrom that can be created by these meds. I have seen it work great in many people and really increase their quality of life.
Hope this helps.
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Mark R. Comes R.Ph.
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