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About 8 years ago, I took Citalopram 20mg for two years and it helped fantastically and got rid of the depression. The only side effect I had at first was yawning lots and it did take me a year to gradually cut the drug down. But it got rid of my depression at the time and had no issues with it.
Anyway, fast forward a few years, one baby later and the depression creeps back. It got to the point I couldn't function anymore. I went back to the doctor who agreed to start Citalopram again, this time starting on 10mg. Within 20 mins of taking the first pill I started shaking. I carried on, over the next few days I was experiencing dreadful symptoms adapting to this drug. The shaking left me unable to drive. I just couldn't function, I couldn't sit and play with my son for more than five mins as the tiredness was overwhelming. The doctor advised me to ride it through. After 15 days on 10mg I woke up one morning with ringing in my head and ears that was sooo loud it was like an alarm going off. I took the drug for two more days and then just couldn't take it anymore. About three days later, the withdrawal symptoms hit, I started fitting violently for three hours at a time. The noises in my head were so loud I couldn't sleep for weeks. I had what felt like electricity zapping around constantly in my head, I couldn't hear properly, it felt like crickets or the brakes on a train screeching. I started doing crazy stuff, walking across the road without looking for traffic and wondering how much it would hurt if I stabbed myself. I was in a very bad place, worse that before I took the drug.
This was nine months ago and gradually every single day the symptoms got 0.1% better, very very slowly. The shakes and fitting lasted around 5 months. The zapping and buzzing ears about 7 months to go. What makes me angry is that the doctor said withdrawal symptoms would go within two weeks.
So today, nine months on from taking my last tablet, I am just left with a slight tinnitus sound in my ear which I now only seem to notice when I go to bed. I hope and pray it will finally go completely.
Has anyone else suffered withdrawal symptoms this long? Also any idea why I reacted so severely this time when I took the drug again?
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