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10 days ago, after 7 months on Citalopram (dosage 30mg), I decided it was time to taper off. Mainly due to the sexual side effects (I can't take feeling of nothingness 'there'), but also because I feel my mood swings were being stabilised and I was on the path to recovery.
I have tapered off over the past 4 months in the following dosage sequence - 30-20-15-10-5-2.5 - with roughly 2.5 weeks on each dosage untl stopping 10 days ago. I feel more or less normal, but I am starting to feel a few of the withdrawal symptoms in light measures, such as irritability, facial tingling and zaps and slight anxiety now.
Obviously this was a lot better than what I felt when, 4 months after being prescribed Cit, I stupidly went cold turkey for almost 3 weeks. That was hell! Wild mood swings, extreme irritability, insomnia, anxiety and irrational behaviour. That experience has actually helped me put things into perspective this time around; when I feel out of sorts I immediately try to calm myself and say it's only the effects of the withdrawal.
I guess what I'm trying to say is, how long do Cit withdrawal symptoms last? I am taking 150 mg of Wellbutrin SR to keep the depression in check, but I am planning to taper off that in a couple of months, and be drug free by August this year. I should mention that I chose Wellbutrin because it's supposed to counter the sexual side effects of Cit, but it hasn't worked as well as I expected.
In the final analysis, all I can say is that SSRI's are a real double-edged sword!
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