How do you know when to switch?

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So I've been posting on here for quite awhile and I've hit a block again and not sure what to do, and thought it best to ask the people whom have been through all this for advice.

I've been on Citalopram for a total of 7 months now, I started out with 10mg for 5 weeks and 20mg for 22 weeks and reduced down to 15mg for a week. Now, I have had times of feeling a little better, and it has helped with anxiety at the 20mg but at that dose I had other things that were very troublesome that almost made it not worth not having the anxiety and panic attacks that I've dealt with for the past 20+ years such as: DP DR (pretty bad), emotionally numb, and just feeling really 'off'. Now, once I reduced to 15mg for the first week I felt pretty good, I had energy, I was going out and doing things, but still had that 'off' feeling, and now going into my 2nd week I'm starting to feel worse again, as well as my anxiety returning. So even at the points I felt the meds helping for the anxiety and panic attacks, I still had that awful weird feeling, almost like I was on auto pilot and living but in my head I felt strange. I'm not sure if this makes sense to anyone else and I'm not sure how to describe it exactly. Now, mind you before I started taking it it was mostly extreme anxiety, and panic attacks, didn't have that really off feeling. So, do I continue taking it in hopes that it might go away, and the meds work or do I now consider switching?

Im sorry for the long post but I don't know what to do.

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    i swapped off citalopram about 2 years ago to use mirtazapine and never looked back. but i had to switch as started having horrendous nightmares on a nightly basis in the end. not that mirtzapine doesnt have its own side effects but its a lot more effective for me

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    HI, I was very simular to your situation, not sure which was the right dose & some days feeling numb & others feeling great I have found a balance that works well for me & its taking just 5 mg now around 7pm daily.

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    Been on it almost five months now, 20mg. I have days when i feel almost normal then for no apparent reason all the pain ,headache, dry mouth comes back. Then i'm ok again.

    Its bizarre..

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    Been on it almost five months now, 20mg. I have days when i feel almost normal then for no apparent reason all the pain ,headache, dry mouth comes back. Then i'm ok again.

    Its bizarre..

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    know exactly what you mean as thats how ive felt withdrawing also i was enotionally numb until i reduced to 6mg

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    you are having withdrawals.

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