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I have been taking Citalopram for approximately 9 years. I was initially prescribed the 20mg dose which was increased to 30mg around 4 years ago and then, once again, increased to 40mg 2 years ago.
I have tried several times to cease taking this drug in a variety of ways and have suffered debilitating symptoms each time, whether I have abruptly stopped or took up a steady and gradual decrease over a lengthy period.
To be more precise, in the past I've decreased to 30mg per day for approximately 1 month and found that I develop a lack of patience, a headache, achy/tired eyes in addition to dizziness and bouts of extreme fatigue and tiredness that literally switch off and on. I've had to treat this by reverting back to the 40mg dose as I feel tranquilized.
I've spoke to my GP several times to discuss lowering the dose. To my surprise, my GP does not seem to be aware of the withdrawal symptoms and has never discussed a withdrawal plan.
I do feel completely out of my depth here. Could it be that I will be stuck taking this drug for the rest of my life or is there a proven and practised way of stopping this drug?
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