Hi I've been on citalopram for 18 years in May and ive ran out so thought I cud cope

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But I've started having withdrawals..headache..waves of dizziness.. sickness loss of appetite and tiredness.. I really want to come of them but I'm not coping well with these symptoms..can anyone tell me if they have had them and how long they last plz xx

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    You must never just stop taking these dead.  You need to wean off.  It took me a year to wean from 20mg.  My withdrawal was 20 / 15 / 10 / 5 / 2.5 / 1.25 / 0 with each reduction lasting 1-2 months.  That way I didn't get any withdrawal.

    Reinstate the meds as soon as you can as these symptoms won't go away for a long time yet.  

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      Hi, I’m trying to wean off and did come off 5mg at advice from doctor.  This turned out to be wrong decision as I had awful side effects. 

      I’m back on 5mg and am going to reduce really slowly as you did. I have a pill cutter but how did you get your dose so low? The pill cutter struggles with 5. Thanks, sorry to ask silly (but practical) question. 😂 

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      Hi Ka

      Yes if you do it too quick or too big a reduction you'll get withdrawal symptoms, so reducing little by little over a long period and your brain doesn't really notice the loss.  You can even reduce by 2.5mg if anyone found 5mg was still too much.

      My last 2 doses I crushed because yes, they were too small to cut further (little bits pinging all round the kitchen) biggrin  My pill cutter has a crusher at one end, so I'd crush the final 5mg piece to powder then divide up and take.  The last 1.25 dose ended up being a smidgen of powder on my finger .......  I felt like a drugs baron cheesygrin

      I'd come off a few years earlier to this and did it by 10mg over 6 months and had withdrawal and had months of nausea and brain zaps.

      But the 5mg / 1 year plan worked well for me and I had no withdrawal at all that time.  

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      Thanks very much for the tips Kate. I’m going to shop for a pill crusher!

      Take care, all the best

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      This is really helpful.  I think I will check with my pharmacist about weaning myself off of it until I can see my doctor next week.
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    Reinstate your celexa..18years is along time to go cold turkey..it may cause havoc on your system..good luck..
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      The doctor has give me another prescription he wants me to start bk at 40 mg for a month or so and then hes going to lower the dose..thank u so much for the comments..i don't know wat I was thinking by doing it cold turkey xx

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      To be honest the withdrawals were scaring me..i didn't feel normal or human..i will do it the right way now not cold turkey xx

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      I don't know really..but realising now that I actually feel so much better on them..i just felt as though I cud cope without them x

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      Judith you where feeling better because of the celexa...that's what they prescribe them for to feel better..

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      Just a side note- to anyone new to Citalopram: I was on 20 mg for years but had to switch to 10 mg due to a side affect which caused  bradycardia ( a low heartbeat).  Anyone on a higher dose may want to check with their doctor regarding this side affect.

      I am really glad I found this post.  If it wasn't for my pharmacist, I would have never known that the symptoms I am having was due to quiting citalopram cold turkey, which led me to do an internet search on it..  My doctor never informed me of that.

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      I know!  I was totally shocked when my pharmacist asked me if I had stopped taking my citalopram or if I had gradually tapered off of it.
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