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Citalopram withdrawal

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littleoysterslittleoysters Mon 23-Jan-17 14:16:33

I stopped taking citalopram 2 weeks ago after a year. I was taking 10mg down from 40mg.
I feel okay mentally but absolutely physically exhausted, which is tough with ds.
Anyone else have this? How long did it take to get your energy back?

fallenempires Mon 23-Jan-17 14:57:48

Over what time period did you cut down by? Are you switching onto another AD?

littleoysterslittleoysters Mon 23-Jan-17 16:19:29

Cut down over 6months but stopped suddenly at 10mg. No other AD. Mentally I feel okay so far. Just exhausted.

fallenempires Mon 23-Jan-17 16:41:03

Vitamin supplement might help,but there would be no harm in mentioning it to your GP.Glad to hear that your MH is back on

Itisnoteasybeingdifferent Mon 23-Jan-17 17:24:24

When I did it I cut down from 10mg by cutting tablets in half (5mg) for about a month..
Then taking half every other day for the last month

It was a while back but I don't remember any bad effects. Now on Valproate Semi Sodium

CupOfTeaAndAbiscuitPlease Mon 23-Jan-17 17:50:05

How did you know that you were ready to come off it? I'm on 20mg and I'm not sure if they are actually "doing" anything

littleoysterslittleoysters Mon 23-Jan-17 19:57:36

Thanks for your comments. I was taking them for PND with extreme intrusive thoughts and had CBT that seemed to sort my head out. I realised that I have always been anxious and actually had OCD a lot of my life. Once I had realised all this I kinda stopped worrying about my weird thoughts and although they come I am able to say "Oh thats a weird thought..." and sort of move on. The CBT helped me get off the cycle of... Oh you are a bad mother for thinking these things... you disgusting woman.... etc etc...

I tried cutting down to 10mg every other day but got headaches so I just thought I would go cold turkey. I think they did help me in my acute phase of PND/Anxiety but I have put on almost 3stone in a year so really need to come off them before I pop. I'll be forever grateful to them though!

Its all been a very steep learning curve this year!

CantGetNoSleeeeeeep Mon 23-Jan-17 21:18:18

I recently tried to cut from 10mg to 5mg, about 17-18 days in I felt terrible. Exhausted, super anxious and tearful. Keep an eye on yourself. Quite a few threads on this subject, from what I've read people say it seems to take 4-8 weeks to settle. I'm taking lots of vitamin supplements as someone else suggested. Lots of vitamin B! Good luck

littleoysterslittleoysters Mon 23-Jan-17 21:22:07

8 weeks... yuk... Thanks for the tip. Look after yourself...

Violetcharlotte Mon 23-Jan-17 21:29:41

I recently tried to cut down from 10mg to every other day. Within 2 weeks I was feeling awful, really tearful, anxious, thinking I was a terrible person, etc, so i went back to 10mg every day and now feel fine again. Maybe I should have persevered, but not brave enough.

Good luck with it and hope you start feeling better soon.

littleoysterslittleoysters Thu 26-Jan-17 13:13:28

Oh god I have felt so anxious all day and am ruminating on something that perhaps I could have done better at work yesterday. I had it checked by a senior and they said it was fine but what if i have buggered up? Why does my flipping brain worry so much? I will try and carry on. Music seems more interesting and I actually fancied a bonk the day before yesterday! why can't be brain just say "what will be will be stop worrying about that now"

littleoysterslittleoysters Thu 26-Jan-17 13:13:47

On the upside the flu like symptoms have gone!

CantGetNoSleeeeeeep Thu 26-Jan-17 21:37:25

Keep going! Try and listen to mindfulness meditation type stuff, really calms me down! It's so hard I know that feeling well. I always try and run those kind of thoughts past someone I trust to reassure me, maybe you could do that?

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