Restless Legs and itching!

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I have been on Citalopram for 12 years most of that time on 10mg. About 6 months ago I decided to see what I would be like coming off it. I did it very gradually after reading on the Forum 3 weeks on 3/4  2 weeks on 1/2  3 weeks on 1/4 and then none at all. I felt fine with no side effects. I felt ok for a couple of weeks and then started getting irritated and angry about everything. Felt really gloomy and in a black mood and despondent. I lasted 3 months and then just couldn't deal with the moods and bad temper and decided to start again. They really do make a difference and as much as I'd like not to take them I feel I need them to keep my life balanced and sane. 

What I want to ask if there are people on Citalopram who have problems with restless legs? I have suffered with this for years now and it drives me crazy and keeps me awake for hours at night. When I was off the drug they were definately improved and I hardly had restless legs at all. 

So could it be connected to Citalopram? Also I developed uncontrolled itching, mostly at night. It can be anywhere on my body and no real reason for it: no allergies, no skin rash, not insect bites. Some nights it also keeps me awake and there is no relief from it. Even showering at night does not stop it. Just wondered if anyone else has these problems?

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    Hi bellakin. I get the restless legs if I miss my Tramadol for a day or so [I take 3x100mg per day] I have also had a bad & very itchy skin rash on my legs & itching all over my body. I do take Citilopram but have never tried coming off it. I had the same reaction that you did when I came off propanalol, it went when I started taking it again. I think it's simply that all these meds have some kind of side effect, both when we take them & when we stop taking them. I still suffer with the itching, but have decided to put up with it for now. 


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    Hi Bellakin, i was on 10mg Citalopram over a year ago, and i just suddenly stopped taking then, simply because i had none left, and though during the end off that period i was taking 1 a day, it felt that it wasn`t doing much and i was feeling fine. I don`t remember having any comedown, but because i am now having physio for my back, they told me to go back on them because of my mood swings. It`s my 2nd day on them again, and at first after half a hour, it gives me a slight high, and that`s about it. I can go about my everyday chores.
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    Restless legs on Citalopram have been a problem for me too, but only when relaxing on the sofa at the end of a day. Ok when I go to bed, thank God. Have taken it for 6 years, reduced to 5mg last September while attending an 8 week mindfulness course, sold and moved house in meantime so delayed stopping until last week. Ok so far. Will practice mindfulness if mood swings occur before resuming meds, however the impact of taking Citalopram has been such a positive impact on my life, I thought I would be on them for life. Restless legs have stopped and I have cried twice in 24 hours on hearing something sad. Haven't done that for six years!! The icing on the cake would be being able to feel an orgasm again. Husband would be pleased if I show greater interest in that direction.
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