Not been doing too good on withdrawal

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Hi,

Hope everyone is coping ok.

I've been on reduced dose of citalopram , 5mg for around 7 months. Before that about 2 months on 7.5 and before that several years on 10mg. I was doing ok'ish up until Christmas but things have been worse since then with a bout of on/off lightheadedness that lasted for 2 weeks. I did feel the stress of Christmas and family illness.

Lately I'm getting muzzy head feelings, ear fullness, sometimes aching ears, aching neck and shoulders, similar to a persistent migraine. I feel lime a zombie when i'm out, like I'm drugged, and can't wait to get back home.

Could this be low serotonin?

I don't know if I should increase my dose or not. I tried it once about a month ago but I felt worse after just one day so I panicked and went back on 5mg.

Has anyone else experience this?

Is it a blip? Withdrawal?

Any advice appreciated. Thanks.

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  • Posted

    Hi Sonia,

    I too attempted to come off Escitalopram (very similar to celexa) about 5 months ago. The side effects were a bit much for me. I decided to go consult with psy doc. She informed that the hosy is withdrawing from the decrease in serotonin. Although she recommended I start at 10mg, I decided to do 5, from 5 to 7, from 7 to 10mg.

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      Hi P-NP,

      Thank you for replying.

      So, 5 months down the line, what dose are you on now and how is it going for you, if you don't mind me asking?

      I wondered if I took more L-tryptophan foods if it would make a difference. 😊

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      Hey Sonia,

      No problem. Wanted to give more of an explanation this morning. Ive been on 10mg for 5 weeks. Withdrawl side effects have lessened; however, I still have bouts of increased anxiety, nausea, and over all unsettled tension which i think is the result of my mind ans body still trying to adjust to the rx. Recently, I had what others term a "blip", which seemed to be related to my period.

      in terms of food. Trytophan and carbohydrates (of course not the bad carbs) seem to help calm me. I believe carbohydrates help w the absorption of Serotonin.

      I still have moments and days where sx's seem more extreme. I do think with tapering off and then going back on the rx, recovery may be prolonged. Trying to remain patient and tough it out on 10mg.

      Hope this helps some ☺

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      Thanks for replying P-NP

      Oh, it's so difficult knowing what to do for the best isn't it? It seems increasing will give you side effects similar to decreasing, your torn between the devil and the deep blue sea. I think I will give 5mg more time and be conscious of my diet in terms of foods to help boost serotonin.

      I hope you are making good progress.😊

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    100 percent withdrawal i currently have those symptoms, they went away last time i settled x

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    and i highly doubt its due to low serotonin i exercise more than i ever have and eat better too! unfortunately we have to go through the bad to get to the good x

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      Hi Toria

      How are you doing?

      Does it really take this long to adjust to 5mg ? Many times I've thought I turned the corner only for the horrible symptoms to come back. Do you get this horrible muzzy head, zombie like feeling?😕

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      hi lovely, yes i do indeed get that! and yes it can take that long i reduced from 10mg to 5mg far too fast then updosed to 6mg far too late and at about the 12 month mark (actually for just a week) i was seeing massive improvements, then i got a faulty bottle and a different brand which meant i actually doubled my dose for 4 days.... 8 months later im still trying to settle, it was heartbreaking as i would of been down to 4mg but im not giving up no way! big hugs x

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    Hi

    I'm sorry to hear that u going though so much

    do I understand u right u are on 5mg to stay or get of

    because I am on 5mg and have what u having , the bad ear ace

    foggy head dizzy and weird feeling also the zomby feeling when I go for my walk

    then back home because I still have other side effects going 😡

    only on week 4 with Celexa 5 MG

    hope I was any help

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      Hi babsyboo

      Yes I'm on 5 mg, I was intending to come off but I don't want to go through these withdrawals again, it takes too long. It's early days for you yet though, start up symptoms are similar to withdrawal symptoms.

      Try to carry on as normal, that's what I do, even though it can be a struggle.

      Good luck!😊

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      Hi

      done with week 4 today starting week 5 so pray it gets better . Yes still on 5 MG and staying there but the side effects are still coming the worse is the morning 😡 anxiety badly with nausea , headaches and shakes . Also the Celexa gives u some weird pains , stabs and much more that come and go like ear ace then gone , stain pain in chest then gone , temple on 1 side of head pain then gone , tingling in ur leg gone and so on u get does on 5 MG ? U are so right the going on the meds are the same bad as going of the meds. U say it's still early days for me , when will it get better for things to subside ???

      please get back with me , thank u

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      Hi Babsyboo

      I wish I could give you a definitive answer to your question but everyone is different, some people feel better after a few weeks, others take much longer. I can only go on what I read here and on other sites.

      We may all have different symptoms too, I didn't get nausea/vomiting, shakes, just headaches and lightheadedness, loss of appetite/weight loss and of course anxiety. I felt well enough to go back to work after 10/11_weeks over a stone lighter in weight.

      I get more symptoms since reducing to be honest that I have already mentioned including aches and the stabbing pains you describe and I have been 6/7 months on 5mg and still not right.

      If I were you I would give it a few more weeks and if you feel you are not making any progress, go back to your doctor to revise your medication.😊

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      Hi

      thank u sonia13661

      I am feeling and starting to feel it working just not fast enough for me lol

      yes the Celexa does need time and I am staying with 5 MG not changing up or down wrong thing to do at this point I was told on here . I will stick it out on 5 MG as it takes time from 4 to 6 weeks and 3 month to balance out .

      I have seen and been feeling a diffrents so I am staying with 5 MG thank u for ur thought about going to doctor and so on , babsyboo

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      Hi

      thanks for ur uplifting

      mornings are still a beast with nausea and headache down to my ears of and on and in Mt temple's very painful. Also have a question did u ever have this happen to you on Celexa . This morning I had tingling all over my body like u get when ur are goes to sleep or other body parts . Yes my hole body from head to toes and it continued for some time . We knew it was Celexa what else could it be , that ever happen to u or liver pain then gone ? The nausea comes all day with the headaches of and on hate it . When will all does side effects subside do u know ? Yes still have anxiety and cry spells but not as often the crying but anxiety yes still going 😡 well let me know what u think

      be waiting ☺ thank u ahead of time babsyboo

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      Hi Babsyboo

      The symptoms you describe - headaches, nausea, body tingling are side effects of citalopram, ironically they are also symptoms of anxiety. I didn't get the body tingling but I have had other symptoms that you haven't described. Although we all share similar side effects there is some variance in what we experience.

      Anxiety increases muscle tension and that increases body pain. For example, your headaches will appear worse the more you worry about them.

      Your crying spells could be anxiety or you may be crying out of frustration because you are not feeling well, I think this has been happening to me.

      Like I said, you are only just starting your 5th week. If you are not showing any signs of improvement in a few weeks, although I think you said in an earlier post that you were, then go back to your doctor and maybe revise your med.

      It took me 10/11 weeks to get used to the med when I first started taking it, for some it is sooner and others much longer.

      Best wishes

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