Citalopram Withdrawl Symptoms?

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Hi all. Ive been taking Citalopram for about 2months to help with anxiety and panics and ran out of tablets last week.

I decided to have a trial without them to see how I'd get on and since then I've had the strangest dizzy sensations and \"wavy\" feelings in my head. Sometimes I feel so lightheaded I feel as though I am going to faint.

I realise that I probably should not have stopped the tablets so abruptly but I was wondering if anyone else has experienced these side effects and how long they last for? Any help would be much appreciated.

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    Years ago I came off seroxat straight away and had those same symtoms-they lasted a few weeks. Not pleasant. Apparently it's best to decrease dose gradually. Hope this helps x
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    Whatever SSRi you take you need to withdraw from them slowly. Otherwise you are almost sure to get the kind of symptoms you describe. I've been using citalopram for a few months and it's probably time I tried doing without them. So I'll do what I did with seroxat when I came off that - half a tablet for a couple of weeks, and then a quarter for a couple more weeks. Then a smaller amount for another week and then stop. That was fine.
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    hmmm, this is in the same vein but a bit different. i got rediculously drunk on sunday night and had a filthy hangover all day yesterday, i was sick a couple of times so i didnt take my pill until the afternoon then after taking it i started feeling really nauseous and i was sick about an hour later, i'm thinking i must have thrown it up because i seem to be back to day 2 in terms of side effects, i got that wavy dizzy feeling then i couldnt sleep all night and kept laughing manically to myself (!) woke up at midday really dizzy and have been feeling nauseous and spaced out all day.

    the suicidal thoughts have started up again and i dont think i can talk to anybody about it, i know i'm feeling guilty about something i've done and it is my own fault but its just eating me up!

    sorry for the desparate rant but i'm really stuck

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    i have been been on citalopram for 3 years now. I have tried everything to withdraw from taking my medication but cant deal with the head issues :- light head, distorted vision and when moving my hands in front of my eyes i get a trace effect. When i started to take citalopram i was in a bad place but now i can't believe how lucky i am with how my life has turned around. So i know that i don't need to keep taking this drug. It really is'nt a phycological thing it's the physical withdrawal that i can't cope with. elease let me know that i'm nt the only one!
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    Hi - I've had that same dizzy wave experience - it isn't too bad, I took a 10mg today and it's away again. I didn't mean to come off at all - but I had been prescribed Terbinafine for a fungal infection back in April, and have been taking it ever since on the doctor's instructions. I thought my depression had come back, I was moody, weepy, paranoid and angry all the time... then I discovered that the antibiotic is actually cancelling out the Citalopram! I thought, what's the point of wasting my meds, I'll stop them altogether. So I did. That was on Friday. I experienced the most amazing euphoria! Then I was just perfectly calm. I'm crabby just now because it's my time of the month, but wow, the paranoia has gone, I can see things in perfect perspective now, I think what I had experienced since Easter was the withdrawal symptoms, so when I've stopped just now, my body had basically accepted it wasn't getting any more - I have a good fall-back supply, but hey, I'm ok. I have been on Citalopram for 3.5 yrs and they have been very good for me. The highest dose I took was 40mg, mainly because it was at times my life had become impossible because I was studying and working full time! So, persevere - do it your way - don't feel ashamed.
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