Citalopram long term use + wamting to come off

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Hi. I wamted some advice on stopping citalopram after 8 years. Ive tried many a time but gone cuckoo crazy each time. I take 20 mg a day. My family just thibk the side effects when i come off are me normally..which really hurts as i was never that way. I started takong them for mild depression and anxiety. Whenever i try to stop them noises are so loud ..voices are ij my head with horrendous tragedy storys and i feel like everyone is whispering about me. I then often will blow and be rash. Ive tries cutting down slowly too. The reason i wamt to come off them is because i have an irregular heart beat due to the drug (not a harmful one) no sex drive and i just cant seem to lose weight.. i have developed high blood pressure and am aware other meds interact woth citalopram. Oh.. i also developed diverticular disease. Im 44 woth a family of four teenage daughters. I work in retail 30 hours a week

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    Sorry about typos

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    before you do anything ,go and see your doctor and explain how you are feeling,they are the expert so go and see them
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    Hi,

    From my experience with this drug at 10 mg on of for 12 years, there is no doctor knowledgeable to advise how to withdraw!

    Only advice is very very slowly, talking for the vast majority of people, for years.

    It took me 4 years to withdraw, without problems, but mild ones are come and go even 5 years off!

    At least my blood work values have been adjusted again to normal (low WBC counts, high live enzymes ect)

    Take care.

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    i appreciate that doctors are only human,however they study for 5/6 years too become doctors ,so maybe they know more than we do,having said that i ,after 10 yrs on this medicine i also got fed up .I was on 40 mgs ,and went cold turkey and i also had withdrawal symptoms ,but still pushed ahead. 
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