Coming off cit

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Hello everyone, I really need a little advise here.

I started 10mg cit a little over a year ago. A couple months ago they started me on 20mg cit. because I was starting to feel VERY depressed. I originally went on this drug because 2 years ago I gave birth to my son and i had very bad postpartum anxiety. So yes these meds did help me until I started feeling sad all the time and tired . I literally could not stay awake. And still struggle with all this. So I decided I want to take myself off these meds because I can't take it anymore. The tiredness, not being able to concentrate, lethargic, all the crazy symptoms I was getting. Although my anxiety was gone I had horrible side effects! The worst is memory loss! I cannot remember ANYTHING. So after being out on 20mg I cut myself back down to 10 and then just stopped taking it.

So far I have HORRIBLE headaches, exstreme dizziness, nauseous, and anxiety.

I would love to know if anyone has had any side effects from coming off this , and how long they last. What side effects they had and all that! I'm hoping I get a response because I don't know what else to do!

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    Hi Crystal. How long were you on 20mg's for? And dropping by 10 mg's at a time can be dangerous. I am also getting off Cit but doing it at a much slower pace. I have been coming down 5 mg's at a time for 2 weeks and in some cases by 2.5 mg's at a time over 2 weeks. All depends how I felt. Keep reading posts in here as their are lots of people who come innhere who have vast experience in these meds. Hang in there!!!

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      I was on 10mg for a year and 1 month. And then 20mg for about 3 weeks to 1 month. Then went back down to 10mg for about a week or 2 and stop taking .

      I don't know what's going on. I feel so out of it. Like I'm high or something

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      Im not an expert by any means but I would think you have reduced/come off way to fast. Check within the Patient website about coming of Cit. Theres good info there.
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    Hi Crystal

    i don't take Cit myself so can't give you my personal experience, but my 18 year old son has just quit taking them - purely because he doesn't want to and he is stubborn.

    He was on Sertraline for 5 weeks then changed to 10mg Citalopram for almost 5 weeks. It is only day 3 of stopping suddenly but I will ask him if he is getting any side effects.

    Btw I was fully against him stopping and more do stopping abruptly but he s 18 and I cannot force him to do anything sadly.

    Hope you are feeling better in yourself real soon

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      Hello honeybee17

      Well from my experience so far has most definitely been a long road! I started taking the cit because I feel into depression following with anxiety. After haven my son. I had extreme fear of death so I finally got out on 10mg cit. the side effects of starting didn't effect me to terribly ONLY because I was in a place where I could not feel anymore worse. I was already haven horrible physical effects from anxiety. But I had more of anxiety then depression by FAR! After taking the cit for about a year I developed horrible depression and constant exhaustion. So I took myself off. Meaning after the doc upped my dose to 20mg because I was feeling depressed I took that for about 1 month and then dropped back down to 10 to get off them. After continued 10mg tablet for about 3 weeks I completely stopped taking them. Unfortunately it probably wasn't my best option looking at it now. But I can say cit is just not something I want to be on , it has completely taken my drive to do ANYTHING away.

      I am having horrible effects from stoping now. But your son! Why did he stop taking them? And why change his meds to cit? Was the others not working?

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      Hi Crystal 

      I hope that you find something that works for you real soon. My son was always sleeping when on Cit and I have to admit he has been up before lunchtime everyday since coming off them. He changed from Sertraline as he said they were not making him feel any better.

      I have no idea and been given no reason why he has come off the Cit, I think it is a mix of age, stubbornness and maybe wanting to feel bad? Maybe he didn't like the tiredness that came with it....I am going to ask him when the time is right

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      Honeybee17

      I can honestly say that this medication will most definitely drain you! I slept all the time. When I wasn't at work all I did was sleep. I couldn't bare to even get out of bed. And if I had to get up that day and do something I would be wore out by the first hour of being up. To a point I had no choice but to lay down. I also have 3 children so with me being so tired all the time is just horrible!

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    I came off Citalopram and did it by 5mg at a time over a year from 20mg and didn't have any side effects doing it that slow. I bought a pill cutter and did 20mg / 15mg / 10mg / 5mg / 2.5mg / 1.25mg / 0 ..... the last 2 tiny doses I crushed as too small to cut.

    I came off once before and did the same as you and halved it but like you I had withdrawal.

    It's best to do it slow as it eases your body off.

    K x

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