Stopping citalopram

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Been on 30mg citalopram since July and I feel fine, thinking of weaning myself off it. Anyone else done this and is it easy!!! 

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    I came off it last year and weaned myself from 20mg to 15mg over a week, then 10mg and finally 5mg.  I then took 5mg every other day for a week then stopped.  So it took a month.

    I had withdrawl symptoms - nausea, heady, trembling, and a strange electric like feeling in my head that felt like little shocks.  The side effects weren't that bad or frightening, just a bit unpleasant and strange.  Manageable.  If you do it too quick I believe the withdrawl symptoms can be a bit worse.  I think the slower, the better and the less symptoms you'll get.

    I felt flat the first few weeks after that, then found I was ok for a year.  Sadly I restarted them 3 months ago due to coping with family illness - I got really stressed which was making me ill.  Hoping to come off them again when things are more settled.

    Best to talk with your doctor for his/her advice first though.

    Hope that's helps. xx

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      Thanks for ur reply, I was thinking of reducing to 20 mgs for a couple of weeks then ten and finally five. Sorry to hear u had to restart them, I'm hoping if I do this slow enough I should be ok. Gonna keep a diary over the coming weeks, write down how I'm feeling as i reduce the dose. Hope u feel better soon x 
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      Yes sounds a good plan - doing it slowly and you get less withdrawl symptoms (hip though be prepared to get some maybe).

      I'm feeling much better now I'm back on the medication and past the side effects thanks, and hope to reduce them when the time is right (probably next year).

      Good luck with reducing them, and hope it's a smooth ride for you.

      K xx

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    As far as I understand it can take up to three months to have an affect. So it would be about right if you're starting to feel better.  Discuss with your doctor the best way to reduce your dosage.
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