Ive been on citalopram for 4 day's

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I just stated taking cilorpham 10 mg. On day 4 I was so anxious. I called the doctors. I have a appointment today. He lowerd my does to 5 mg for a week. And then back to 10mg. I guess I'm either sensitive to this meds or I just got myself all worked up. I never have taking any anxiey meds. Before. My question is does it get better? Now that I'm cut down to5 mg. Its going to take even long to feel normal.

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    I am in the withdrawal phase after being on it for 10 months. The anxiety should improve, just give it some time smile
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      Hi Jeff, did you taper down? I reduced from 20 mg to 10 mg over about 2 months. Couple of rough days but manageable. Not sure how to go about tapering from the remaining 10 without too much hell. Busy job, family... does not allow for much downtime.

      Any suggestions much appreciated!

      Shane

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      Hey, Shane. I was on 30mg. Went to 20 for 2 weeks, then 10 for 2, then nothing. From 30 to nothing in a month, which I’ve been told by people on here is too fast but I just listened to what my psychiatrist told me. 

      I don’t really have any suggestions unfortunately. I’ve been feeling absolutely awful though. Praying for the day I feel normal again. 

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      Thanks Jeff. Based on your comments and others I think I will taper very slowly off the remaining 10 mg. One thing for sure I am getting off these ad's. Unbelievable in hindsite my family doc put me on this med along with beta blockers because I was experiencing rapid heart rate which she felt was anxiety related. Unbelievable also is that I trusted her. I have not felt right since the first day of taking this drug. Not for me.

      Spoke recently with a cousin who is a neurologist. He has a very bad opinion of this drug. In his words the long term repercussions far outweigh any positive benefits. He commented that it is a junk antidepressant and inexpensive which is why so widely prescribed. He mentioned another named escaltapram or something which has less side effects and milder withdrawal issues if really needed.

      He did also say that eventually the withdrawal symptoms with celexa will subside and could include vertigo, tinnitus, aphasia etc. Just takes time to subside. Good Luck. Hang in there!

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      Sorry the med didn't work for you.. unfortunately . Because for me it did work..the only reason why is inexpensive is because is a generic brand all generic brands are inexpensive..and as far as long term hmmm..my mom has been taking this Medication for over twenty years and no problem..this drug has save alot of life's..trust me.including my life..

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      Thanks for the info. I totally can relate, I haven’t felt right since taking them but then again didn’t feel right before either so. And definitely don’t feel right now....

      As much as I would like to try other meds to see if it helps, I feel I need to be done with ad’s as well. Too many odd things can happen. 

      Really hope it subsides soon. Since I had the symptoms (just of less degree) on Citalopram, the longer they last makes me think I have some sort of disease. 

      Good luck to you as well!

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      I agree with Lois

      These meds are a lifeline for many people, including myself when needed.  I took them for 16 years and there were absolutely no long term repercussions.  They gave me my life back - and if you've never had anxiety then you'd never know the trauma of it.  You can take this med for life if needed.  These meds can take many months to work, and many more months before an anxiety ridden person feels complete relief.  It was 6 months for me.  Sadly these meds often don't work for many due to the lack of knowledge by a persons doctor - increasing the meds too quick, not understanding how these meds work with anxiety and worse of all - withdrawing.  I spent a whole year coming off 20mg by 5mg per month and had no effects at all.  Doctors who say it take weeks or a few months to withdrawn seriously need to retrain.  These meds aren't to be messed with.

      Agree it was unbelievable your doctor put you on these for a rapid heartbeat.  Initial side effects of these meds heighten anxiety (or give it you) and increases your heart rate (or so it seems).

      If you're now down to 10mg then I'd suggest you stay on that until any withdrawal effects have passed, and then reduce by 5mg or even 2.5mg.  When I got to my last 5mg I crushed it and divided it and stayed on that for another month, then further divided the powder to 1.25 and took that for another month before stopping completely.  Buy a pill cutter / crusher - you'll need it if reducing this way.  This way you'll probably have a relatively easy time.

      K x

       

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      Thanks for the advise. I think I will reduce to 7.5 and sit with it for awhile. Not a race. Except for a couple of rough days, so far, I feel much better overall. Clear headed, normal emotions. Just better, in a way I cannot really explain.

      Again Thanks!

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      Hey Jeff, do not go down that road. You don't have a disease. I thought I had everything going. Totally convinced myself I had something horrible condition undiagnosed. Simply put I went thru complete hell when I started on Cit about a year ago. Months of it. Turns out I am in perfect shape just some mild hypertension & elevated heart rate. Now under control with low dose beta blocker. Life style stress when combined with the side effects of Celexa became unbearable. I recall when I was on Cit for about about 2 months I went thru a few weeks of vertigo. So intense that I was nauseous all the time. Effected my vision, hearing. Crazy drug, on it or off it. Not good for me. Might be fine for some apparently.

      See a physician you trust. Explain what you are going thru. Have some tests done. It will put your mind at ease.

      This too shall pass!

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      Yes it is best to reduce bit by bit with the minimal dose.  Glad you feel better overall though and good luck with the rest of the withdrawal wink

      K x

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      Because I also thought it was Lyme ..and all along it was nothing but anxiety.. anxiety can mimic all kinds of Illness..
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      I’m freaked out it is Lyme. I explained my symptoms on a Lyme forum and people say it could be so idek what to think anymore. 
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      Don't read into that..you will drive your self insane as long as you don't have a fever or a bulls eye rash..or walking around like you just had a stroke don't feed into it..I thought the same thing too..but all those symptoms before celexa mimic all kinds of nasty illnesses..but guess what it was a bad case of health anxiety for me ..which iam recovered from.. thank goodness for celexa.

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      I agree but also disagree. No clue what a stroke feels like but it’s no joke hard to walk sometimes and I’m out of it to a level that I can’t even describe. 
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      I have seen two people in my life time that had strokes..they where walking around clueless and couldn't get a word out..do you live in the woods..?

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      The only way your going to feel like somewhat like your self again is by reinstating the medicine or ask your doctor for a benzo..
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      you yoyo with your doses coming on celexa plus you did a quicky coming off them..the consistency of one dose is very important when taking these meds..so when you up the dosage your right back to where you started for alot of folks..you should of try something else if you really need it..dont give up.
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