Reduction from 25mg to 20mg - normal withdrawls?

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i reduced my citalopram around 4/5 weeks ago from 25mg to 20mg! ive been on it for about 8 years, majority of the time i've been on 20mg however i increased to 25mg beginning of this year. Felt fine for the first few weeks now i feel awful. i'm exhausted (even with 8 hours sleep) i'm irritable, shakey, anxious. tension headaches & dizziness.

does this sound like its due to my reduction? even though its only 5mg? - i felt 25mg was to high for me, hense the reduction.

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    Laura-great name 😉 I have recently done the same. Ive only been on the meds for 5 months, but have recently reduced from 30mg to 20mg. I was on 25mg for 3 weeks in between. Im in the "is this withdrawl? or dose too low? or is this right? what else should i do?" phase. Ive been back to 20mg for almost four weeks. My guess is youre still stabilizing but Id like to see what others have to say, because Im right there with you!

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    Yep, most likely its withdrawal effects kicking in. They often don't appear for a few weeks, in my own experience.

    And yes, you can get them from 'just' a 5mg drop.

    It's better, according to some sites, to think in terms of percentage reduction. If you read some websites, they advise only reducing by 10 percent at a time, and to hold for a few weeks to stabilise.

    If you go from 25mg to 20mg, thats a twenty per cent reduction, which may be too much for you personally.

    If you want me to direct you to the website that's about tapering cautiously, please pm me. If I try to post it publicly here, my comment always gets moderated.

    😊

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      Also, you need to give a dosage change at least 12 weeks to settle, really. Try to keep everything else as stable as possible eg dont start adding in any supplements etc. as your nervous system is still sensitive after dosage changes. Our nervous systems are all so different.

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    so ive been to see my GP this morning & she has put me back up to 25mg. if no improvement she is going to change the medication all together. Hoping for some relief with the increase to be honest, it worked last time i increased. x

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      Yep, it should do the trick, but give it a few weeks to settle.

      I went from 10 to 20 and it has taken about 8 weeks to start to settle.

      You might find your updose works sooner. Basically, just give it time x

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    I started at 20mg. Ive taken for slmost a year. 6 months in I tapered to 15mg. Stayed there for 5 weeks. Never really felt any ill effects. Then I tapered to 12.5mg. Same thing, 4-5 weeks. Then 10mg. I am hoping to recover at 10mg. If you feel any bad effects from tapering, give it a couple days to a week. You should feel better.

    Sometimes, doctors increase dosages where they're not needed. Thsse meds work very slowly so time is needed to stabilize at tapered doses. Everyone is different and time will vary depending on the insividual. Good luck

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    hi guys, im on day 4 of my 5mg increase & so far it seems like its just what i needed. The first 2 days were the best ive had in ages. The increase is keeping my physical symptoms at bay nicely although i have had a bit of a thumping head, lack of apetite & very sleepy. Hoping to go back to work on Wednesday which is where my anxiety is at its worse due to it been a very busy office & feeling like i cant escape (even though i can) . Fingers crossed i'm back on track after an awful couple of weeks!

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