I've been prescribed citalopram for anxiety / depression. Not started them yet as I keep reading bad reports of people really struggling to come off them and not feeling like they can cope without them. I've been on them a couple of times in the past for depression / PND but can't remember the tapering off stage.
DC3 just turned 3, but I'm still struggling, especially with anxiety and it's a real struggle to get out of the house some mornings without crying. Variety of looking after dad with advanced Alzheimer's, PND and rough patch in marriage have all contributed, but I'm left mainly with anxiety that just hits me out of the blue. (Dad now safely in care home, dc3 mostly sleeping through, and marriage back on track).
When I came off it the only signs I had was awful dizziness to the point I wouldn’t shower if I was home alone and going out in public was awful as I was always having to grab on to something to stop me falling but it passed after a few weeks thank goodness!
I didn't get any withdrawal symptoms, but I came off them very very gradually. I'm back on them after a long break and noticing a few side effects of taking them this time, but they seem to be easing as the weeks go by. Worth it, on balance, for me and a relief to be feeling better.
Thank you for your replies. I really couldn't remember any real adverse effects myself previously, but kept coming across a lot of negative stuff. I'm over thinking it and it's causing me even more stress instead of just getting on with it!
I was on 40mg - the max dose - for about a year. It got me through a breakup, a new job & two house moves.
I took several months to come off, alternating 40 & 30 mg for a month, then just 30 & so on, eventually buying a pill cutter & going down to 5mg every other day. The only side effect I had was the sensation that until now my brain had been wrapped in a fluffy duvet that had now gone.
Just incase anybody who has replied already sees this again, can I ask when in the day you took your tablet? Was it morning or evening? (Am also stressing about this , looking forward to functioning again in every day life without an agonising 20 questions in my head about the best way to put on a pillowcase etc...!)
I am a mental health nurse and I would advise you to take it in the morning to start with at least. If it makes you drowsy, then you could change it to the evening. It takes a good couple of weeks for any beneficial effects to show themselves and probably 6 months for full efficacy but you might experience side effects straight away. If, after a couple of months, things aren't better, then go back to your GP - there are other antidepressants and they suit different folk in different ways.
I took mine in the evening as they made me sick and taking them in the evening generally helped as I would fall asleep rather than be sick.
I didn't have withdrawal symptoms but came off them v slowly - think it took about 18 months to go from 40mg to nothing. I too had CBT at some point during that and that really helped me too. Haven't taken ADs for 8 years now.
Many thanks. I've been on them previously, but a fair few years ago, and can't remember. I will start in the morning then and take it from there. They did suit me previously, I tried sertraline some months ago whilst still bf dc3, but didn't like the side effects, so am hoping I still tolerate these ok.