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Having been on Cit for a relatively short period of time (6 weeks) after discussion with my GP and due to numerous and significant side effects I stopped taking, for me, the evil drug.
Initially as I am over 65 the GP placed me on 10m for a few days then up to 20 mg thereafter.
Within 24 hours of upping the does I was into major side effects which included nausea, loss of appetite, copious stomach gas, dry mouth and lethargy. Not to be beaten I stopped with the dosage and the drug for the next four weeks until my next agreed visit to my GP. All this time the side effects were maintained at a similar level.
Having met and agreed with the GP that the does should be cut back to 10mg a further week saw the same level of side effects.
I again spoke to the doctor and we agreed that the medication did not suit me and I should stop all of the medication and the GP stated that I would be back to normal in a few days as I had been on the drug for a relatively short period.
That was almost five weeks ago!!!!
The first three weeks I remained the same with the side effects now becoming withdrawal effects but still with a loss of appetite, nausea, dry mouth, copious stomach gas. One thing which has improved is my lethargy which has almost disappeared.
Week four saw a great improvement in all aspects of the withdrawal symptoms which were negligible for a period of five days, however, this last week they have returned to a level to which they were two weeks ago.
Discussing this with the GP who appears to be as a loss and is unsure about the reasons for the symptoms I am now suffering and has completed a raft of blood tests and is now sending me for scans. So far the blood tests have turn up nothing and I await the scans (NHS)
I think there are several issues here;
1) I believe that I should have been informed of the possible consequences of commencing a course of this drug
2) I should not have continued with the drug as long as I did with the level of side effects I was experiencing
3) The GP does not appear to be fully conversant with the withdrawal symptoms or the longevity of their withdrawal effects.
4) Had I known the potential difficulties with the drug I would never have embarked on a course of them.
I have read several good websites regarding the effects of Cit and what is more than obvious there are no common ways which individuals react to the drug both during medication or post medication. I have a friend who took it for depression for six months and then came off it cold turkey with no affects, either during or post medication. Others appear to not have any real issues with the drug until they come off it, then there are a significant number of people like me who have to come off the drug due to the side effects then suffer further post medication.
The other thing is that there does not appear to be any real correlation between the time people have spent on the drug relative to the time that the withdrawal effects are likely to last or how intensive they maybe.
I am interested in people’s experiences on the above with regard to how long and how intense peoples withdrawal effects last!!
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