citalopram withdrawal & weight gain

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I have been on 20mg citalopram now for about 7 or 8 months, I am trying to come off them as I don't believe I need them anymore so to start with I am reducing my dose to 10mg daily for the first month, next month I will try 10mg on alternate days and go from there, I tried to just stop but I couldn't cope with the side effects so have decided the gradual withdrawal will be best.  Since I have been on them though I have gained almost 2 stone, I am at slimming world but my weight loss is dreadful - 3 weeks & only 2 1/2 pounds off.  When I spoke to my GP about how bad I was feeling (I am incredibly tired, ache foggy etc) he just blamed it all on my weight & when I queried if this could be because of the citalopram he was adamant it wasn't!!  I totally disagree (I actually queried if I had CFS or Fibromyalgia but they won't do anything because of my weight) - has anyone else had this experience?  If you had once you have reduced the dose have you found the weight has started coming off easier?

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    Hi JP,

            The answer to your question on weight loss after coming off citiliprim. I think the drug affects  different people in dif ways. In my case, I have put on quite a bit of weight after withdrawing but while I was on them, no weight gain so there you go. Your aches and weird sensations will be Cit withdrawal and you have to accept that it will continue till you are completely off them. I Also had real bad insomnia but now being off them completely for well over two months, I sleep well again and my brain zaps have gone finally. I was on this drug for six years so I imagine you will have less of a problem as I. Cit was a curse for me and I am blessed to be rid of it. Stay strong and your body will eventually even out. 

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      Thanks for replying - the aches/pains etc have been since before I started the gradual withdrawal - I am hoping that once I am off them they will go or the doc willl start taking me seriously!
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    Hi...i must admit ive been to slimming world while ive been on them and lost 1 stone. Im managing to keep it off by going every month for a weigh in..which works for me..i ve always eat a lot chocolate..i cant say the citalapram has altered my eating habits or weight gain? Good luck to you...
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      Thanks for the reply - I know a couple of other people who take these too and haven't had a weight issue either, I think it's luck of the draw tbh

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    Its nice to hear what other people are going through! Seems where not alone...and some have it worse than others...
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    I'm just curious what we're you on the citalopram for was it anxiety or panic attacts I am prescribed citalopram 20mg but I have never took them I only take the xanax they give me Im just wondering if the medicine really worked for you and how because I haven't read anything that makes me want to take these meds although xanax is some how worst I wanna stop those as well and just have a glass of wine when I'm anxious I hate meds But to answer your question yes those meds can cause weight gain in some people the sooner your off the better you should feel it just sucks that your option was keep your problem or gain weight

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      I was on it for depression basically, my mum was very poorly with cancer and I was truggling to cope emotionally, tbh though I have never particularly felt that they helped me, the situation improving helped me & me finding time for me & attending counselling did but now I feel trapped on them

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