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I'd be interested to hear other peoples experiences of coming off Citalopram, and indeed staying SSRI free.
In my case, I only took them for exactly 1 MONTH (20mg per day), but it was certainly the worst month of my life so far!
I know thats only a short time compared to a lot of you, but I was having that many side-effects, and to severe levels, even my Doctor agreed (along with a Hospital Crisis-Team) that I should withdraw from them.
However, they both said I could come off them in a week or two, no problem. I was very sceptical after reading a lot of peoples experiences on here. Plus, I was told not to worry about side-effects in the first place, and that couldn't have been more wrong.
So, I asked if I could come off them slowly, seeing as they had such a bad affect on me, I didn't want similar withdrawal problems. Now I am into my 16th day on 10mg. I am a little more generally anxious than I was on 20mg, which I expected, but mostly suffering headaches, panic-attacks each day etc, and feeling quite spaced-out at times. Also a lot of nausea. But at least I can sleep and there are small periods where I feel better than usual.
Has anybody else reduced in this way, maybe then going to 5mg before off them completely? My Doc says as I was only on 20mg for a month there is no need but I didn't want to risk it.
Now I'm just taking lots of propranolol, plus 2mgs of Diazepam whenever required, which I know isn't good at all, something else I'll have to wean myself off!
Anyway, as I say I'd like to hear other peoples experiences. Thanks for reading my novel!
Andy MC x
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