Stopping 10mg citalopram after just 28 days...

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I've decided to stop taking my 10mg citalopram. I've been taking them for 28 days.

I've read lots of posts warning against doing this but not after such a short period. I'm trying to find out whether stopping after less than a month will be ok. I won't go into the reasons for starting them and the reasons for stopping right now, but if someone has experience of this that can help me I'd be extremely grateful.

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    Hi Matthew

    I'm sorry to hear you've decided to stop the medication - it does take a long time for this medicine to kick in, and I will say 28 days is early still.  People do give up to soon before reaping the benefits.

    On the other hand, if you are giving up I'd advise not to suddenly stop taking them as the withdrawl symptoms can be quite unpleasant.  You should see your doctor for his advice, as you have to reduce them gradually.  Withdrawl effects can take many weeks too.

    My best wishes

    K xx

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    Do not stop suddenly..you will regret it as withdrawal from cit is bad 
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    Thanks for the replies. To be honest, there are two reasons that I want to stop taking them. Firstly, I'm scared of the dependancy, I don't want to have to take a pill everyday to make me feel 'normal', I'd rather focus on exercise and positive thinking techniques. And secondly, it's smashed my sex drive to bits! And this is causing me more anxiety than ever! That's why I thought I could stop now, before they've really started working, so I wouldn't get all the unpleasent withdrawal symptoms.
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      I can assure you they're not addictive, so you will never become dependant on them, and it's no different taking daily medicine for diabetes, epilepsy, heart problems etc.  You could take them for a year until you feel better and then withdraw from them.  Yes they do have an effect on people's libido but it will go back to normal once you stop taking them.

      Might be worth first getting better, and then reducing them.  You might possibly be able to take them at a much lower dose and maintain a good sex drive?  Some people can maintain their well being and sex drive on 5mg, but first you have to get better.

      But I do know that is one of the reasons people do stop them.  Ask your doctor for something alternative that won't affect you.

      K xx

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      True Pat, Sex is the furthest thing from you mind if you stop quickly, so think about it Matt and go thru with it or stop slowly for your own sake.  Good luck.  Merry Xmas.

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    Thank you everyone for your replies. I've decided not to stop taking them completely, but ween myself off them slowly. I've also decided to book another appointment with the GP to discuss what to do going forward. Thanks again
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    It's normal with ad's. After 1 week using cit 10 miligrams i wanted sex about 12 times a day, after one more week i couldnt finish and scared me a lot, then i don't wanted sex at all and now seems everything okay. Citalopram nasty medicament if you are sensitive person.
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