I came off Citalopram Very Gradually and did not have any bad feelings at all

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I had been on 20mgs of Citalopram for 6 months and was feeling like myself again. I decided to come off, so just took one pill every other day. After a week felt bad so went back to a pill daily for a week. To come off them I took 6 days as normal then on the 7th day had a half pill. The next day felt very tired but then was ok again. I took one half pill a week three weeks. Then I had a second half dose a week for three weeks, again felt tired the next day but by the third week felt ok the day after a half dose so introduced another half dose. I gave it three weeks each time between lessening the dose. When each day was a half dose I had one day with no pill and 6 days with the half dose and every three weeks had another day with no dose. I had three days a week with a half dose, then two, then none. It took a long time but I did not suffer at all in the way you guys have described on here. Slow and steady. Good luck to you all.

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    Well done, you were very lucky.

    I also know someone who went completely cold turkey after 6 months, and seems to be having no ill effects.

    However, I think she is in the minority.

    Overall, how many weeks did you taper, and how long ago was your actual final dose, if you don't mind sharing 😊

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    you were only on it short term, plus i felt awesome for a month then crashed

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      Hi Toria,

      Yes it was short term on Cit but after 12 months on two other that didn't suit me as well.

      I was only saying that my experience of taking it very slowly helped me to not feel bad again.

      Best of luck.

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      Hi, here's what I wrote earlier:

      I had been on 20mgs of Citalopram for 6 months and was feeling like myself again. I decided to come off, so just took one pill every other day. After a week felt bad so went back to a pill daily for a week. To come off them I took 6 days as normal then on the 7th day had a half pill. The next day felt very tired but then was ok again. I took one half pill a week three weeks. Then I had a second half dose a week for three weeks, again felt tired the next day but by the third week felt ok the day after a half dose so introduced another half dose. I gave it three weeks each time between lessening the dose. When each day was a half dose I had one day with no pill and 6 days with the half dose and every three weeks had another day with no dose. I had three days a week with a half dose, then two, then none. It took a long time but I did not suffer at all in the way you guys have described on here. Slow and steady. Good luck to you all.

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      i was on it over 6 years at 10mg, i cut to 5mg then weeks later to 4mg i felt so well for 4 weeks then had every symptom going so i updosed to 6mg 6 months ago and im still feeling bloody awful, this drug is so strong never take that for granted

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      It is shockingly strong.

      I am sorry to hear you are struggling at the moment. Have you heard of SuperBetter? I watched a ted talk and then kind of made up my own game which really empowered me during my worst times.

      Best wishes to you and anyone else reading this.

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    Hi N, its good to hear that you have not suffered any ill effects, unfortunately, people can react differently and your advice to go slow is great. I had to go cold turkey as the side effects outweighed the withdrawal. Am 8 weeks med free and feeling absolutely great with the odd blip here or there.

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