Is this withdrawals

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Am I getting withdrawal symptoms after stopping a 10mg cold turkey after 7 weeks I was told by my doctor to stop it because I was having trouble sleeping but now I regret it because I got pains in my head heart pounding out of chest at night random jerks..should I start back on it again? It'a been three days since I stopped

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    U are def having withdrawals, the fact that u been on it for 7 weeks it has some what settled in your system, now all of a sudden your body is not getting any so it will throw u right off. U could always try to change the time u take your pill to see if that helps u sleep
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      Yes u can, I can also try taking it at a different time like at night while ure sleeping so that most side effect could happen while sleeping hopefully. I chose to take it in the morning and fights threw the side effects. It's getting a bit better now and tomorrow will be 6 weeks, doctor increased me to 30mg 6 weeks ago as 20 seemed to still give me lots of anxiety .

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    I would have stayed with it personally. It seems such a shame.to have got so far into it to just give up. What were you taking it for - anxiety or depression and have you noticed an improvement with this ?

    I too have had awful problems with insomnia but stuck with it. It's been 4mths now and still not great but better than it was . Good luck

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      Very bad chronic anxiety which was causing depression..it was definitely helping me feel calmer but I felt my emotions were dulled either way I wanted a break from the anxiety so I didn't mind once I felt calm..not sure what to do could I just go back on the 10mg I can't speak to my doc until next week..im meant to start setraline tomorrow seriously don't know what to do sad

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      I was given this option and even got the sertraline tabs but decided to stick with citalopram in the end. It's personal choice but I just couldn't face going through those terrible side effects again.

      It's all really confusing not knowing what to do for the best. My gp added a tiny dose of amitriptyline to take alongside the citalopram and that helps a bit.

      I thought myself that as the citalopram had really helped me, why swap to something that might not be as good - who knows. I feel I did the right thing even though sleep isn't brilliant . Let us know what you decide

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      Yeah that's how I feel and the first thing I read on the setraline tabs is side effects insomnia so is this just a common thing in anti depressants? I could go on the setraline and still have the sleep problems so I really don't know what to do for best. Right now I have pains in my head..could I just restart the citalopram?

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      It's up to you Megan, just make a decision and stick with it. A chap called Marky b has contributed in another citalopram chat on this forum (you'd have to look for it). He stopped cit and felt awful so after 3 days I think he restarted it, not sure how he's getting on.

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    You are on half standard dose of 20mg. Therefore your GP could expect you stop taking the medication cold Turkey.

    I take the drug for not only Depression, also for sleeping. Normaly I take my dose half an hour before bedtime and I sleep quite well, also I Amytryptalene for nerve damage, another Antidepressent at the same time so sometimes I wonder what is working, when. Sometimes although not often I get jerking legs and headaches, it does not effect my heart.

    Seven weeks the medication should work for Depression, and it is not a very long time.

    BOB

     

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