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Lowering dose citalopram... Do I sound ready?

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Bellyrub1980 Wed 03-Aug-16 19:07:44

I've had PND for 18 months and since Feb have been on 40mg as my anxiety got considerably worse after our house flooded.

Everything is back to normal and I was feeling really good but the grogginess of the high dose has never really improved so want to decrease the dose.

6 days ago I went down to 30mg with Dr's permission and today the old familiar feeling of dread/anxiety/fear has been coming over me. I've started wondering how I'll make it through the day/week and I haven't felt like this whilst being on 40mg.

Should I immediately go back to 40? Or leave it a bit longer?

I HATE this feeling. I forgot how souls destroying it was.

CantGetNoSleeeeeeep Wed 03-Aug-16 20:14:12

Stick with it, reducing the dose causes temporary withdrawal symptoms. Google citalopram withdrawal, give it a few weeks and see if you settle, you most likely will settle. Hang in there

CantGetNoSleeeeeeep Wed 03-Aug-16 20:15:05

Maybe drop down more gently say 5mg a time so it feels less drastic

headinhands Wed 03-Aug-16 20:32:50

Yep, agree with pp. Taper it down. Maybe take 35mg a day for a week now that you've been taking 30mg for a few days anyway. Next stagger doing 35mg and 30mg every other day for a fortnight. Then 25/30mg etc. Slow and steady.

Bellyrub1980 Wed 03-Aug-16 21:11:26

By cutting tablets in half yeah?

Happyinthehazeofadrunkenhour Fri 05-Aug-16 20:25:35

Agree with pp's too. yes, cutting in half would be fine.

Bellyrub1980 Fri 05-Aug-16 23:21:33


I've been doing alternate 30mg and 40mg since reading the advice here. Still feeling anxious and paranoid.

Maybe I've done this a bit too soon.

How long should you feel 'well' for before lowering the dose? Is there an actual official guideline?

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