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Hi all. Just wanted to share recent experience.
I have been on Citalopram for 6 1/2 years, due to anxiety, depression and panic attacks (the usual). Left my profession of 16 years because of my illness, now in education and really happy. On 20mg at the moment which is fine. Run out once or twice, over Xmas, missed a couple of days and felt pretty awful. Didn't think I would have to take medication for this long but has helped me with new career etc.
I have recently been suffering with acute vertigo, don't know why, signed off for a week, prescribed meds, ones that would allow me to continue with Citalopram, but didn't work. Went back a week later, not at my normal GP's, but out of hours one. Gave me different meds try, but could not use Citalopram with it. Ok he's a professional so you listen. Oh no what mistaker to maker! I felt terrible just going cold turkey, depression, negatively, anxiety, hated everyone around me that I thought was trying make life difficult but wasn't. Arguing with my wife, my kids, my parents, people on the phone - it's been hell! I screamed at my kids tonight and overreacted for the minimal of mess made by them. I realised what I had done, I was going back to my old self. I cried on the sofa, I worked so hard to get away from the depression and anxiety and it was back. This has been happening for a week now, arguing, shouting etc. I have been a real- you know what! All because I went cold turkey, doctors orders mind. Luckily today my sick note ran out, so have to get checked out by my GP to see if I can return. Explained that 2 previous meds for vertigo had no worked, but also mentioned the side effects from no Citalopram.
To sum up he has changed meds for vertigo to 3rd kind, this allows me to continue with Citalopram again. I don't want to be on it forever of course but just shows how strong these little white pills can be on your life and how we take them for granted.
Message really is, never come off cold turkey, check with other GPs that they know your full history, ask the question should I be stopping dead or should I ease off gradually.
Sorry a bit long winded, hope it helps someone out.
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