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Citalopram - has anyone just suddenly stopped taking it?

(18 Posts)
zookeeper Tue 11-Mar-14 09:16:22

I haven't had my daily 20 mg dose for four days as I haven't manged to get to the chemist. I feel fine and my mood is up.

zookeeper Tue 11-Mar-14 09:17:20

Pressed post too soon! Should I expect to hit a wall soon or should I just carry on without them?

apermanentheadache Tue 11-Mar-14 09:17:32

It's not generally a good idea. How long have you been taking them?

NigellasDealer Tue 11-Mar-14 09:17:45

yes i have just stopped it in the past, no problem at all.

SparkleSoiree Tue 11-Mar-14 09:18:23

I just stopped, no issues for me.

zookeeper Tue 11-Mar-14 09:19:27

I,ve been taking them about a year; I did stop for a couple of days a few months ago and felt really down really quickly but this time feels different.

MirandaWest Tue 11-Mar-14 09:20:28

I stopped taking it cold turkey when I was pregnant. Was not a good idea. And have stopped it fairly quickly on more than one occasion. Has only been when I stopped very slowly that I didn't need to go back on them again.

MirandaWest Tue 11-Mar-14 09:21:17

I was ok for a while - maybe a number of months. But this time I've been off them for over 4 years which feels better.

zookeeper Tue 11-Mar-14 09:21:28

Perhaps I should get my prescription and reduce gradually? I suspect they are behind my weight gain so I would like to get off them eventually

apermanentheadache Tue 11-Mar-14 09:22:17

The main risk is 'discontinuatuon syndrome' which I have had and it can be very unpleasant. Also a return of symptoms ....more likely weeks or months down tge line (not days).

You may be fine, I don't want to sound too negative grin. TBH I woukd see GP if coming off or thinking about it.

zookeeper Tue 11-Mar-14 09:24:27

What's that, aperm?

apermanentheadache Tue 11-Mar-14 09:26:33

Wiki link here. It mightn't affect you though.

Lozzabell Tue 11-Mar-14 11:38:43

I stopped cold turkey and 2 years down the line I'm still completely fine. No problems at all

zookeeper Tue 11-Mar-14 12:36:51

Thanks aperm; food for thought.

TrueWorrier Tue 11-Mar-14 15:05:27

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

ormirian Thu 13-Mar-14 10:49:52

I stopped about 10 days ago after 2 years and 1 month. I am getting all the usual withdrawal symptoms - really really shit sad but I have been here before and I know it will pass. The only thing I am concerned about is whether the depression will return in the next few months - I am fairly sure I will need to take them again come winter as winter is a killer for me, but I am hoping it holds off until then. A bit weepy but that might just be PMT. I am keeping an eye on things

But I now had a libido again! I have a sense of smell -the scent of my rose skin toner was so lovely, I've been using it for 2 years and never smelt it before. And the skirt I am wearing is loose again.

It isn't advised but it can be OK. Just be aware that the nasties might get you (head fizzing, dizziness, nausea - best to be prepared.

zookeeper Fri 14-Mar-14 07:54:19

Thanks for your comments everyone. It,s been about a week for me and I feel ok; a bit flat but my my mood feels manageable , and no physical symptoms that I've noticed

apermanentheadache Fri 14-Mar-14 12:29:34

That's really good. Looks like you might be one of the unaffected folks smile

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