Coming off citalopram side effects

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Only been on citalopram 10mg for 9 days but had to come off due to awful side effects after speakingto gp. I did reduce to 5mg for few days then stopped 2 days ago but now feel weird like I did when 1st started, shaky spaced out not sleeping well, nauseated just want to know if anyone else felt like this when stopped after only taking for short time & how long it lasted? Many thanks!

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    yep. I initially started August 2018. Had taken for 9 days like yourself. Doc said ok to stop. So i did. But a week later i had severe agitation and crying spells. I finally decided that i had anxiety and needed medixation maybe permanently. Soon as I started back on cit, all ill effects were gon.

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    side effects are normal some people are just not strong enough to handle them. coming off after I days is not a great idea have not given any time for the medication to work and now you will suffer from withdrawals even if you been on it for 9 days. then if you decide to go on on a new antidepressant you will most likely have side effects again. so you need to weight the side affects against how much you want to get better mentally. as if your anxiety or depression is severe you can suffer trough side effects and it will go away within 2 to 3 weeks. if you are arent that bad mentally than what is the point of doing trough this just try to get better without antidepressants. all I can say from experience for some people all ADs give side effects but they dont last forever. you withdrawals should decipate soon.

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    Hi, I know how you are feeling and it is truly awful. Best advise is to be very kind to yourself.

    Eat and sleep when you can, practise deep breathing techniques to calm any anxiety. Many great apps available. Calm is a good one. I found walking, every day, no matter what the weather helped. (wear a mask😷!) Drink lots of water.

    You will have ups and downs but it will pass. You will move past this.

    All the best. Shane

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