Changing citalopram dosage from 20mg to 10mg.

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Hi all, I have been taking 20mg of citalopram for 3 months. It has made a huge improvement in my moods, however I have not liked the side affects of not sleeping, dry mouth and some others. I have just starting cutting the tablets in half and taking a half dose (10mg) has anyone else tried this or is it an incredibly stupid thing to do? Thanks Paul.

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    In all honestly I dont think there is a right answer. It depends if you can cope with just 10mg. My son was very successful halving his dose on his own and is now off them. Like I say. See how you feel. Might suit you better. Good luck x
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    Hi, I dropped from 20mg to 10mg because of the side effects. I sleep better now, thou i have the odd night of restlessness because of anxiety. If you can manage on 10mg i would stick with it as i find it takes the edge off. I personally rather not have meds but feel at the moment i need a litte help. 
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      Hi, have you ever tried any other medication for anxiety? and what other coping strategies do you use? I find it almost impossible to cope with and dropping the dose has made me realise just how much I need meds. I too have been reluctant to use medication in the past but simply run out of ideas of how to cope. Thanks.
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      Hi, The only other meds i have had was for depression and that wa flouxotine. You could go back to your GP if you feel that Citalopram is not helping, every body is different and what suits one may not suit another. I try to keep busy if i am anxious and do deep breathing exercises when the anxiety is happening and lie down for a while till it passes if i am at home. Try to relax when you can. Hope this helps.
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