Changing split dose to single

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Hi I have ben on Cit for about 13 weeks, about 7 on 10mg and 6 on 15mg.  When I upped the dose to 15 mg I took the extra 5 in the evening rather than with the 10 in the morning to try and even out the dose increase.

​I am thinking about changing so that I take the whole dose in the morning, for convenience if nothing else.

​Was wondering how best to do this, ie to slowly move the evening dose to earlier in the day, until it is taken in the morning.  I have moved it from 9pm to 5.30pm.  My morning dose is taken at 7.00am.

​Or just change 1 day.  ie one day split the dose, and the next take the whole 15 in the morning.

​I was thinking about a half way house of moving till about 12.00 and then switching the last in one go.

​Any thoughts

​I want to minimise any side effects of the change.  I did have side effects on initial induction and on increase.


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    Hello, i think citalopram is extended release, which means its supposed to last 24 hours, although in practice, its more like 18 hours. Splitting your dose isnt supposed to make much difference, although there is likely to be a small benefit. I would say to keep bringing forward the time you take the 5mg, by a few hours each time, until you take both at 7.00am, as it worked for you with the first change.
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      ​That is pretty much what I thought and have been doing but have only moved by about an hour a day.  But am getting a bit impatient so will increase the time reduction to maybe 3 hours.  That will complete the change in 1 1/2 weeks.  I go on holiday in about 5 weeks so any side effects should be minimised by then and dose will be at a easy to manage time.


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