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Have been on 40mgs of Citalopram for 14years. Have tried to come off on several occasions but unsuccessful, think I did it too quickly. Last year I reduced so so slowly, 5mgs every 2months. All good, no side effects, thought I had cracked it! As soon as I was totally off the meds I became absolutely hyper, bounding with energy not sleeping needing to be continually active etc. I knew this wasn't normal behaviour but have to say after 14 years of grogginess that goes with citalopram, I embraced this new me. Well this lasted about 3 weeks then overnight I hit rock bottom with serious depression. My husband and I were so scared that I was going to have another breakdown that I went straight back on 40mgs again and am back to square one. Gp not interested in helping, she says I need meds for life as they 'keep me well'. I am 61 years of age and want my life back before it passes me by. My question is do you think what I experienced was the return of my previous depression or simply side effects of coming off tabs and if so had I stayed off them do you think I would have improved again. I am sorry for such a long winded post and realise this is not a medical forum but would be very grateful to hear anyones opinions. Thankyou.
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