Gum Disease & Citalopram

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I’ve been taking Citalopram 10mg for about 7 months now. In that time I have felt much better, my gum have receded which has made me even more anxious! My teeth were fine before taking this medication, assume this is due to the dry mouth get get when in this ?

I’m planning on getting off this as a lot of other side effects aren’t gonna away, constant dry itchy skin, headaches etc.

Basically my question is, if I stop taking will my gum health improve?

Thank you so much


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    Hi Vicky

    If you are getting dry mouth through taking citalopram (it is one of the side effects), then that could be causing your gum problems because bacteria builds up in your mouth in those conditions. If you do decide to come off to see whether it makes a difference, my advice would be to wean off slowly. Don't cold turkey whatever you do. Good luck!

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      yes i have a really dry mouth constantly, so i assume it is the meds. im stopping taking it now, im taking one tablet every other day, would that be the right way to do it? or half the tablet?

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      I was on 10 mg for 10 years. I went down to 7.5 for a few months and now I'm on 5mg for the past couple of months. I still haven't stabilised on 5mg and plan to stay on 5mg until after Christmas.

      I haven't tried the every other day taper, others on here have but I prefer to take my tablet daily. I'm not sure if that's the proper way to do it if I'm honest but I'm sure others on here with more experience can you advise you there.

      Like you I get a dry mouth and am prone to gum infections. That's one of the reasons I am coming off slowly because I get antibiotics for gum infections and they mess with citalopram. I think I am sensitive to meds, even some pain killers. Good luck!

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