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Im a 48 year young woman with 2 kids aged 19 and 20 living in London and Spain.
Having just registered here wished that I had done so much earlier on. However, here I am and trying to come off Citalopram. Have been on them for alomost 3 years, 20mg daily due to my daughter of 18 having a mental breakdown and coping with epilepsy at the same time (her not me).
It was a very difficult period in my life. Watching your own child suffering and feeling helpless and almost guilty thinking that it all stemmed from me. She was only diagnosed with eplipsey 5 years ago and since then no treatment has really stabilised her. Saying that though, she has just finished her A levels and achieved 3A's which is amazing and is now going to Uni next week. So not all bad, although she is still not siezure free.
I decided to try and come off Citalopram as Ive been feeling very numb with it and have also put on loads of weight. Initially I lost loads due to no appetite but suddenly its just piled on, which is obviously making me more depressed but hey ho.
I want to start feeling 'normal' again and although Dr suggested that I wait until Xmas to start reducing the meds, decided to start reducing so that I could [i:f241cc469c]be[/i:f241cc469c] off them by Xmas. Dr felt that until daughter is settled etc, I might need to stay on them. She may be right but I dont even know whether they made me feel any better as I really dont feel anything.
Anyway, I have reduced the 20mg to 10mg and have done so for the past 3 weeks with a few fuzzy head and dizzy spells and feeling a bit 'out of it' but Ive pusued it and now I feel ok. Its weird that the only time I feel any different on the meds is when I try to come off. I did feel a little weird when I started taking them and went through a period of total euhphoria (probably cos I was losing weight!!) and had tons of energy.
Im now not sure where to go and how to reduce the meds from 10mg to nothing. I know I cant suddenly go 'cold turkey' but should I just take meds alternate days for 3 weeks and then continue like that? How long it is recommended to reduce and stop the meds? What is a normal time frame?? Can anyone give me some suggestions please? Im still not sleeping well and still have random thoughts and really really weird dreams which doesnt help me with trying to get on with my day to day life as Im always knackered!
Would love to hear from anyone whos come off and stayed off or is trying to come off these meds.
Thanks for reading this.
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