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Many years ago (over 10 at least) I was prescribed Citalopram for anxiety and panic attacks. Initially, I believe it was a 10mg dose, then upped to 20mg and possibly reduced to 10mg at some point. I've never been on a dose higher than 20mg.
I have tried unsuccessfully over the years to come off the drug, by slowly reducing the dosage/frequency of taking, but each time the side effects have made me give up and go back on to the full regular dose. Headaches, head filled with cotton wool, spaced out, not with it, distant, tired, extremely irritable, mood swings, memory issues, lack of focus and concentration, did I mention extremely irritable?!
My doctor and I discussed a better plan for slowly tapering off the drug and I'd not heard of this one before and it seems neither had the chemist as they never have more than one in stock at a time - but essentially the idea is to use Citalopram drops instead of tablets to have a finer control over the reduction. As the doctor described it and I understood it: "by alternating tablets of different strengths, the amount of chemical in your body is not constant or regular, it's up and down if you do that, like your side effects and mood".
So I started with 6 drops daily with no rush to reduce it further. Many, many months later I'm down to 4 drops daily, which I think is the equivalent to a 10mg tablet.
The problem is I'm now getting the symptoms described above on an almost daily basis. Sometimes they feel debilitating. I'm off work today for example with a thumping headache which I've had for 3 days. I feel not with it, foggy, drowsy.
I have had many blood tests recently to screen for any deficiencies and also for stomach related issues, but all have (and always have) come back clear apart from a slightly raised liver function (which is always slightly raised; I don't regularly drink either).
I'm waiting to see the doctor I discussed the withdrawal plan with about this, but ironically he has been signed off sick for weeks.
Just wondering if there were any others out there suffering in the same way with the same circumstances.
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