weaning off cit

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hi all ive been on cit 4 a yr now & 6 weeks ago was ready 2 come off them & my doctor agreed i was on 40 then 2 weeks at 30 & 2 weeks at 20 & so on till i was on 10 then all of a sudden started feelin really low again & everything was a effort has any1 else found this out when weaning

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    I found getting off cit was very hard. You need to wean off really really slowly. The first time I tried I reduced the dose every two weeks like you, but I think that's too fast.

    If you are starting to feel low on 10mg, try taking 10 one day and 20 the next for a few weeks. When you're feeling OK with that, then make it 20 one day, and 10 for 2 days until you are just taking 10.

    Then, (when you're feeling settled) take one 10mg every other day, after a couple of weeks make it one every third day and so on. Eventually I got to the point where it was 6 days since my last tablet, and I thought \"I really don't need to take these any more\".

    It took a long time, but this is the way I got off them, back in July (after my gp told me I would probably be on them forever!) I have the odd down day, but doesn't everybody? I'm certainly loads better than before I started taking them.

    Hope this helps.

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    thanx 4 the advice ive realised id tried 2 wean of them 2 quick gone back 2 30mg afta 20 didnt seem 2 make much diff ,did go down 2 10 at 1 point ,off 4 my check up monday tho so know more than cheers
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    I have been on citalopram (40mg) for 3 years. I have now only started to go down to 20mg per day, however it is fine.

    I would like to say that I am a senior manager in the company I work and I work all over the world, however my colleagues do not know that I am prescribed Citalopram.

    I suppose what I am saying is that try and be strong, as drugs don't work on their own.

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    cheers 4 the reply chris i know what ur saying went 2 the doctors yday & stopping on 30mg at mo till at least easter so i'll c how it goes take care
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