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My (new) doctor who seemed very informed about weaning off Citalopram encouraged me to wean off in three weeks and that i'd be fine. I have been on it for 4 years. She seemed to know a great deal about the drug and coming off of it which was encouraging. Now I took 15mg for 2 weeks (no withdrawals) which seemed fine. Then 10mg for 1 week (as recommended by her) but started to have the body zaps. I then stopped taking it completely on Monday. It’s now Thursday and I've sadly just taken a whole 20mg tablet. Why? Because of the ‘brain zaps’ and dizziness. I'm also crying and feeling depressed but it was really hard to work out if its because I have been sick in hospital and now in bed with pneumonia for the last 3.5 weeks. I was having such a brilliant year, was on a roll with my fitness and then got so hard hit with pneumonia it's just hard to know if that has caused me to be sad or it's a withdrawal symptom. Either way I'm so sad I had to go back on it. If only I knew how bad the withdrawals would be. I have read that it's good to taper off by 10% each time but very slowly. I will try that next time. I’ll be honest this forum put so much fear into me about coming off citalopram. Are there any success stories out there?
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