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Has anyone ever used this to help with bladder pain - as an alternative to Amytriptyline, with fewer side effects (supposedly)?  Thanks

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I've used citalopram but it didn't have any affect sadly. Hopefully this will be different for you. I found this info which might be helpful?

Selective Seritonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs): Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are medications that were designed to increase the level of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the nervous system with a beneficial effect on mood. Because only the neurotransmitter serotonin is targetted, SSRIs generally have fewer side effects than the tricyclic antidepressants. Common side effects of nausea, diarrhea, anxiety, and headache often lessen as the body adjusts to the medication. Sexual difficulties (loss of sex drive and/or difficulty achieving orgasm) and weight gain may be a prolonged effect. It is important to remember that different people react differently and a person may tolerate one type of SSRI better than another.

Celexa (citalopram)
Lexapro (escitalopram oxalate)
Prozac (fluoxetine)
Paxil (paroxetine)
Zoloft (sertraline)

I've also found some old posts regarding forum users taking Citalopram for pain management - hopefully they might be helpful to you. Please keep posting and let us know how it goes.

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Thanks very much for your reply Jen.

I might try it, though I have little faith and am not at all keen to be on a Prozac type antidepressant (or any other for that matter).

The old posts seem more to do with antidepressants for depression rather than for bladder pain.

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