citalopram for life?

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Basically I want to know if it's safe to be on citalopram or antidepressants for life, as I've been on the and as soon as I come off them I end up in a terrible anxiety mess and this frightens me sad

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    Many people are on medication for life, yo GP will not leave you on them if they is a risk, l have been on them for 4 years and will never see myself. Coming out of them, how long have u been on them.
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    So far as I am aware there's little problem. Don't let yourself be bullied into coming off them as your anxiety about doing so will make anxiety worse when you do. Please speak to your GP or specialist about your concerns.
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    I've been on this medication for about 15 years, and initially my GP told me it would be for life and there would be no problem.   People take all kinds of medicine ie heart pills, blood pressure pills for life, this it's no different.

    i did however come off the medication over a year ago and my depression and anxiety didn't return - in fact I felt as good.  Unfortunately, recently having to cope with other family illness I restarted them 2 months ago as I need to stay strong in dealing with this difficult time.  I will come off them again when the crisis is over as feel confident I'll have the same result as before.

    But, in answer to your question, I was told this medication can be for life by my GP.

    Hope that helps :-)

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      Thankyou katecogs I've been bk on it now 3wks at 10mg and 12 days 20mg although feeling bit better I'm still having anxious thoughts n feeling low because of them, I can't settle my mind, will this get better in time?
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    Many celebrities are on medication for life, thats why many tend to say they are on prescription drugs, some people come off and they are well after 6 months it all depends othe causes of your depression, l had mine from when l was very young so will have to take them for life, We humans are all different wish u the best of luck.
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    Hi dizzydoll

    I know when I restarted this medication again recently I felt dreadfully anxious with anxious thoughts again along with side effects, but they've slowly subsided.  I think this is normal when you start taking this and it's your body adjusting to them.  I know for 15 years previously when taking them I felt very happy with no anxiety at all.

    Mind you, all different SSRI's are tailored to suit different people.  I was on 2 different ones before we found this one worked for me.

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    Forgot to say that I've been taking them now for 2 months - but again people react differently, some get quicker results than others - from weeks to many months.

    could still be early days for you - if they worked before, they'll work again.

    xx

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    I felt exactly the same way when I restarted them and I felt dreadful.   I wondered if they'd work for me again, but it was just a case of being patient (hard thing to do) :-)

    I now feel much better with nearly back to normal feelings, and know they'll still continue to lift me over many more months to come.

     

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    It is perfectly safe to stay on them indefinantly i know people who have being on them for years without any probs. Dr told me it was ok & you could be on for life. Try not to worry as long as you feel fit & well thats the main thing. Be happy enjoy life. 
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