Back on Citalopram for 3 weeks now stopped again

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I came off citalopram 10mg (on them 7 years) and propranolol 40mg (10+ years) on 17 December 2016 and the withdrawal effects were pretty awful. All of 2017 has seen me waking with headaches and the dentist confirms I grind my teeth. Thinking maybe Citalopram would help me relax, I asked to be put back on them and for 3 weeks on 20mg (double my previous dose) I have felt dreadful, sweating at night and still had the headaches.  I have since researched Citalopram and see that they can CAUSE bruxism, not alleviate it! I have suffered with teeth grinding for - coincidentally? - 7 years. I had been taking Citalopram for 7 years. Hmmm....

So on 13 December 2017, nearly 3 weeks ago, I stopped Citalopram 20mg and figured as I had only been on them for 3 weeks I didn't need to taper the dose. Everything seemed fine - a diary entry on Xmas Day says No Headaches on waking at last! But in the last 3 days the tension headache is back and always in the right temple area.  The headaches are exactly the same as the ones I suffered after I tapered off them last time. They reduced in severity around February 2017, 3 months after taking the last Citalopram.

Can you get withdrawal symptoms from stopping immediately 20mg Citalopram after only being on them (this time) for 3 weeks? 

Many thanks

 

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    Yes you can .. especially on 20milligrams...take care sorry your feeling this way..
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    I'm just looking for some advice I've recently started taking Citalopram 10mg and I'm on day 3 but my throat feels like it's got something down it now what should I do?

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      It's just anxiety..it will pass there are many side effects this Medication may cause you ..this Medication magnifies all your anxieties sleeping within you..take care..but it will pass...don't know how long because everyone is different..but it will pass.

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      Oh ok someone said it could be an allergic reaction to the tablets and they are my second type of anti depressants I've been given since last week

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      You gotta give one ssri time to work ..and go thru all the side effects..if you don't give them at least 8 to 12 weeks you will never know..I did the same thing been a guinea pig to four different ssris..until finally letting celexa settle iam doing alot better... cycling from one ssri to another in such a quick time is not so kind to your body..I had every side effects listed on the leaflet..but I hung on.. reading Katecogs on this forum help alot...take care

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    Hello Ian.    It sounds like you're experiencing discontinuation side effects. 

    If the headaches are too severe [debilitating and preventing you from functioning normally] - then you may want to reinstate 20mg until you feel "better" [should take about a week], then reduce to 10mg and take that for a week, then reduce to 5mg for a week, then possibly 2.5mg or 0mg depending upon how you feel [assuming after each drop the side effects annoying but allow you to function].

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