4 years on citalopram

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hi, im 29yrs old and have iv been on citalopram 20mg for 4 years and about 2 months ago i decided to try and come off them so i was on 1 20mg tablet every other day and was doing ok for about 2 weeks until i got this awful flu virus and all of a sudden i was having really bad panic attacks, Thinking i was going to die and i was actually in the out of hours and was so dizzy i thought i was going to faint so i went home and got in bed! I havnt been the same since, i went back to the gp and she reccomended that i go back on 20mg per day for a few months which 2 weeks ago i did, since then iv been missing work, sleeping loads (even when iv had 12hours sleep i fell like im so tired and go back to bed!) i wake up in the morning with butterflys and start visualising things before they happen, i feel like a zombie my head is really heavy and im not even sure weather it is the citalopram because iv been on them for 4 years or if i have something seriously wrong???? im at the stage were i feel im losing control and this is putting stress on my girlfriend because i know shes sick and tired of me saying i dont feel right, if i could get rid of the weird fuzzy feeling in my head id be able to cope but its everyday (exept when im lying in bed i feel normal and can just sleep). i must have been the doctors a million times i think they are getting sick of me aswel, i wish i could just \" o behave and pull yourself together\" like my mum says more than anything but i just cant.

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    Hi there guest

    Good news about you coming off citalopram :D

    I'm sorry to hear you are suffering terrible withdrawal symptoms, which I'm quite is what you are experiencing as your symptoms sound so familiar and similar to others who have been taking these and other anti depressants.

    Have you asked your doctor if you can have some diazepam to help you with the symptoms? I know they are addictive but short term they just might help you cope.

    I used Night Nurse (for colds and flu) to help me cope with the withdrawal symptoms and it did help me. Obviously, I cannot recommend that you do the same as this medicine isn't designed for such use and can also be addictive - nor am I a medical person. I just wonder if it might help you if your doctor won't prescibe something to help you ovr the worst of the withdrawal symptoms.

    I'm sorry I can't offer any cure but I do hope your mind will be more at ease knowing that what you describe sounds very much like withdrawal symptoms and not some underlying serious illness. Having said that, perhaps if you mention your concerns to your doctor he/she will run some test to put your mind at ease.

    Good luck and do let us all know how you are getting on.

    Melbi x

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    hi, thanks for the quick reply im actually back on the citalopram 20mg per day for the last 2 weeks and thats my concern should i be feeling like this if iv bin on them for 4 years even though i went to having 1 every other day for a bit now back on 20mg per day just think my bosy should be used to them, having said that the gp said 20mg every other day isnt a proper dose????
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    Hi again

    These tablets 'mess' with the chemicals in our brain so reducing them then increasing them is bound to have some effect on us. Give them a couple more weeks to settle back in and see how things are then.

    You could still ask your GP for some diazepam until things settle back down.

    Melbi x

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    got the gp to phone me yesterday to explain how iv ben feeling and she doesnt thinks its side effects of the citalopram she thinks it physical symtoms of anxiety and iv got to learn to cope with them, i would be able to cope if i didnt have this woozy/ weird feeling in my head but my heart sinks every time i get and i start thinking maybe i have got something major wrong, on the other hand thats the only thing i have wrong with me and i little bit nausious and the sleep. Dont know i just feel like its never going to go away and im in a black cloud!
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    Hi Guest, [color=darkblue:08c69c6695]([i:08c69c6695]im 29yrs old and have iv been on citalopram 20mg for 4 years and about 2 months ago)[/i:08c69c6695][/color:08c69c6695]

    I thought I was reading about myself, this is just how I have been feeling for the last 3 weeks! The symptoms are still horrendous - v bad headaches, painful stomach cramps, and dreams so violent they terrify me!

    I was advised not to feel like I had failed......but to carry on telling myself that I was better, just needing additional help coming off the tablets. I am taking the tablets daily but only 10 mg.

    I now keep a diary detailing how I feel each day, and when the symptoms are worst. I have a support good support network and am sure that no matter how long it takes I WILL SUCCEED. Keep talking Guest, I will always listen! smile

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    thanks for the support, just reporting on the last few days, yesterday i actually felt normal for the first time in weeks! Made me feel a lot better and relieved, feel a little bit groggy today but not a scratch on how the last few weeks have been! im starting to feel like there maybe light at the end of the tunnel! Hope im right
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    Hi Mike, glad to hear you are feeling much better. I had a follow up with my GP a few days ago, and like you feeling a whole lot better! Headaches not as bad, have not had a nightmare in a week. For the next month I will take 10mg/5mg on alternate days, then try 5mg for another month. After that 5mg/2.5mg alternate days for a month, then 2.5mg daily for a few more weeks. Splitting the tablets is going to be interesting, but worth a go.

    It seems that my bad days are getting less, I hope this continues. Hoping to take a few days off work - short break away - feel I can now enjoy the time off instead of sleeping all the time.

    Hope all continues well wilth you. I will sign in next weekend smile

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