Lowering dose on citalopram

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I’ve gone from 10mg to mg over the course of the past 6 weeks, I have now gone to 2.5mg and I’m feeling funky.

I’m exhausted constantly, I keep thinking the worst, palpitations is in full force to the point I can’t sleep due to it rocking my entire body, headaches and pain in chest and stomach, shortness of breath and going dizzy. 

Please can someone advise me if this is due to lowering my dose or could it be something else that I need to get checked out.  Please any advice would be great 

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    Meant to say 10mg to 5mg now 2.5mg
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    Yeh I was the exact same Nicky, cut down from 10 to 5 & was feeling exhausted & dizzy, so slowly worked back up to 10 again & the dizziness & fatigue stopped also!

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    They are side effects of lowering your dose..
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    Side effects from lowering.... you've reduced your dose by 75 per cent in 6 weeks. That's a very fast taper.

    Lots of recommendations online suggest 10 per cent a month......

    If you reinstated at 5mg again, I bet lots of your symptoms would clear up. If it were me, that's what I would try. And I would stay at 5mg until I felt absolutely stable again.

    Better to go really slow with these things.

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    Hi Nicky, you have reduced by too much, I agree with Ruth with going back to 5mg and staying on that until you feel better, could take 6 to 8 weeks. Then ask your doctor for liquid cita, your pharmacist can give you a syringe and help you work out dosages to reduce in future by tiny amounts.

    Your symptoms are withdrawal. Its alot harder tapering off low dosages of this than tapering from a higher dose. I am going to give myself a year to come off this as am sick to death of bad withdrawal symptoms. I have recently come off amitryptyline really slowly and that awful tiredness has finally almost disappeared, if I had reduced too quickly the withdrawal would have lasted months not weeks

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