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Is it ok to stop my 10mg citalopram dose?? i was on it for 7 weeks and finding it hard to sleep the last week now doctor wants me to stop it to see if a new one will work setraline please even tho she said its safe to stop until i start the new one is it because everything i read says not to sad

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    When taking medication..always listen to your GP..also, always raise any concerns you may have over either taking meds or stopping them. Don't do so until you feel truly comfortable and make sure your GP knows of your hesitation.

    If your GP says you are safe, he or she will likely monitor you by suggesting further check ups or phone consultations.

    Some SSRI's you can go cold turkey with but you will likely feel some withdrawal. Dont let this frighten you..always always keep the lines of communication open between yourself and your GP as you come off your tablets. You will be fine smile

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      Thanks for replying, yeah i did say it to her and she said cos its a low dose it should be still afraid i havent taken it all day and im considering taking it before bed would u say leave it and wait to start the setraline or try night time to see if that helps with sleep? she is going to keep in just very wary of withdrawal symptoms i dont think i could cope thanks so much
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      Megan, I really can't say whether I think you should stop or not sad medication is something that can only be monitored by a GP and I would be too worried that I could give you wrong advice.

      So... It sounds like you want to trust your GP but you fear the withdrawal... At this point we don't know if the medication will cause withdrawal symptoms for you. They may not. But the good thing is that you can contact your GP at any point throughout your transition between meds smile this is a great thing and should give you some comfort.

      The only thing I will say as someone who took anxiety medication for a number of years... It's best not to self medicate in any way. Only your GP can do this for you. Follow what he or she instructs and if you experience problems...things can be altered to suit you. I think you will be fine to follow your GP's advice smile

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    Hi megan. I am going through the change of medication right now. I was on 40mg of citalopram and now on sertaline. My doctor told me to half the dose then after a week start the new tablets. I'm also on beta blockers too xx

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