Last month my doctor decided to put me on an antidepressant when my emetophobia, which has been fairly bad this past year, seemed to be causing some depression as well. The pills he gave me, Citalopram (20mg), have been said to cause some nausea for the first few weeks. He said it should go away after two weeks, once things level off. It took me a whole month of worrying about taking it, just because I was so scared about even the faintest possibility it could make me ill. I didn't take the pill with food, mostly because I just couldn't bring myself to eat anything without thinking that having something in my stomach would having something that could come out if the pill did make me feel bad enough (Sorry if that's a bit graphic.) But I toughened up and took it anyway because the depression's just been so, so bad lately. For about 12 hours I honestly didn't feel that bad, either. Maybe very slightly unwell, but my loving and supportive boyfriend made sure I was distracted, he kept me calm and reassured me and distracted me so it really didn't even bother me. IT wasn't until I was going to sleep at about 1am where I started to feel a bit more of the nausea. Now, I'm not sure if this is because the pill was starting to kick in, because my mind was finally no longer distracted by things ( I later had to have him call me back up and let me fall asleep on the phone because I was nervous ), or if it might have just been because, and again sorry if it's TMI, I also happened to start my period today and I always get a little queasy during that. I managed to get some fitful sleep, but I always have trouble sleeping when I don't feel well. A few questions, if I may. First, I know the side effects are supposed to go away after a couple weeks, but will they get worse? This was only my very first night taking the pill. If that's the worst the sick feelings are going to get, I know I can tough it out. Will more side effects show up as I continue to take the pill? Most of them don't bother me too much. I've heard you can get anxious feelings, but I'm no stranger to those to begin with and I have alprazolam for true panic attacks ( which I heard I can take with citalopram, but please correct me if I'm wrong ). Is there anything I can do to lessen the nauseous feelings, short of eating before I take the pill? I really just cannot bring myself to eat when I feel like this, no matter how hard I try to. I do sip ginger ale, and I have an anti-emetic that I was told I could take (trimethobenzamide/tigan) but it doesn't seem to work, so I may call my doctor on monday to ask for a different one. I don't want to stop taking this pill, even though I'm scared out of my mind. My main worry right now is really just that the nausea will get worse before it gets better, so if someone could tell me anything about that, I'd be grateful. I know I need to be on this medication despite the side effects, and that my doctor wouldn't have given it to me if he didn't think the benefits were greater than the possible side effects. I was so proud of myself for managing to take this pill, and my boyfriend and my friends were all proud of me as well, knowing how bad my emetophobia can be. I don't want to undo that all by chickening out over some temporary side effects. Any suggestions or support would truly be welcome!