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stopping citalopram

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discothequewreck Sun 17-Mar-13 20:46:17

Hi, have any of you stopped taking citalopram suddenly? If so, did you experience any side effects? I had been taking 20 mg a day for 3 years. Stupidly I stopped taking it just over a week ago as I'd ran out and was ill with a cold so didn't go to sort out my prescription. Then I thought maybe now was as good a time as any to stop. So now I'm experiencing fatigue, nausea, headaches and general 'brain fugginess' iykwim. In the last couple of days I've struggled to string a sentence together at times. I thought some of these symptoms might be due to the cold virus I have but not all. Does any of this sound familiar to any of you? Any idea how long it might last? Thanks smile

Hopeforever Mon 18-Mar-13 19:53:16

Your symptoms are classic withdrawal side effects.

Some people can come off fairly quickly but you would be much better cutting down far more slowly.

10 mg for a month or more, then 5 mg for the next month, then 5mg every 36 hours if you get symptoms stopping from 5mg every day.

Talk to your GP and if they agree, get yourself a pill cutter to go down to 5mg

Good Luck

discothequewreck Wed 20-Mar-13 21:45:32

Thanks, the symptoms seem to have subsided now so hopefully thats the worst over with.

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