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So after a year of taking 10mg of citalopram, i decided that a few of the ongoing side effects i was facing didn't warrant me being on the medication anymore. My general level of happiness has always been somewhat low, but i felt i wanted to tackle this now being medication free and my god...

The first 3 days were fine, no symptoms, felt slightly lower than usual, day 4 i felt a weird headache which i just could not shift accompanied by some dizziness.

Day 5 has been hell. I've felt a constant feeling of dizziness and my anxiety has creeped back as well as feel constantly tired and drained. As 10mg was such a low does i thought it would be a doddle compared to some of the other horror stories i've heard but heck this feels bad. How long does this typically last? I really don't feel like i can carry on going to work right now whilst going through this!
 
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So after a year of taking 10mg of citalopram, i decided that a few of the ongoing side effects i was facing didn't warrant me being on the medication anymore. My general level of happiness has always been somewhat low, but i felt i wanted to tackle this now being medication free and my god...

The first 3 days were fine, no symptoms, felt slightly lower than usual, day 4 i felt a weird headache which i just could not shift accompanied by some dizziness.

Day 5 has been hell. I've felt a constant feeling of dizziness and my anxiety has creeped back as well as feel constantly tired and drained. As 10mg was such a low does i thought it would be a doddle compared to some of the other horror stories i've heard but heck this feels bad. How long does this typically last? I really don't feel like i can carry on going to work right now whilst going through this!
NO!!! dont do that!! A month ago I cut my antidepresants, i am with escitalopram because here they dont sell citalopram . I used to take citalopram while living in USA.
Well I quit cold turkey and I started feeling extremely happy.
As days went by I realized my brain was not working well. I woke up on a saturday and went to the Court ( I am an attorney) thinking it was friday. Any way i dismissed that thinking it was a mistake. I was off my medicines for 13 days. On day #13 my blood pressure went to the floor, I could barely walk and I started having terrible palpitations and felt dizzy and weak. I thought I was dying. I immediately resumed the meds but Im only taking half of the pill (5 mg). Im doing well but I have problems to sleep. You have to taper off, little by little.
 
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Marianda is right you should be tapering. In most areas as long as you’re not a threat to yourself or others no one can force you to be on these kinds of drugs, so your doctor/psychiatrist will likely be willing to help you with a taper.
 
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Marianda is right you should be tapering. In most areas as long as you’re not a threat to yourself or others no one can force you to be on these kinds of drugs, so your doctor/psychiatrist will likely be willing to help you with a taper.
I havent been in a psychiatrist office for years. I can buy my meds here with no prescription. I decided to taper off because the antidepressants were killing me. I felt swollen, I had a huge fatigue, i was more depressed than ever. Thats why i decided to quit the meds. By the way this is not the first time. I had many failed attempts of quitting the meds. But now Im very happy im getting by with 5mg a day. I dont feel that horrible fatigue.
 
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10mg is the minimum dose for citalopram here. I spoke to the doctor and she said i can just stop taking them. The mentioned side effects however didnt not correlate to what she described
 
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10mg is the minimum dose for citalopram here. I spoke to the doctor and she said i can just stop taking them. The mentioned side effects however didnt not correlate to what she described
She should have tell you to taper slowly. Well im not a doctor but that is what ive heard always.
 
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I felt worse on citalopram than off it, so I also just stopped taking them. Big mistake! I felt fine to for a few days but then I began to feel truly awful. I had headaches like never before, terrible shooting pains in my hands and legs, bizarre and horrific dreams, nausea and my anxiety went through the roof. This went on for about 8 days in total, but the last few days were less severe. I wish I'd done it gradually in hindsight, but I don't regret getting off them.
 
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I felt worse on citalopram than off it, so I also just stopped taking them. Big mistake! I felt fine to for a few days but then I began to feel truly awful. I had headaches like never before, terrible shooting pains in my hands and legs, bizarre and horrific dreams, nausea and my anxiety went through the roof. This went on for about 8 days in total, but the last few days were less severe. I wish I'd done it gradually in hindsight, but I don't regret getting off them.
Well the important thing is that you got over it. The withdrawal process from antidepressives is horrible.
 
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10mg is the minimum dose for citalopram here. I spoke to the doctor and she said i can just stop taking them. The mentioned side effects however didnt not correlate to what she described
I went through “cold turkey” when I came off Lexapro. It took a while. But it’s gone eventually. It was hard.
 
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I experienced every single withdrawal symptom that textbooks say....
Wow!!! Im impressed. During my last failed attempt I almost collapsed on day 13. Blood pressure was so low, dizzy, weak, the brain zaps would not stop. Lexapro is horrible. Withdrawal in general is horrible. Thats why i dont take seroquel even when it makes me sleep and helps with depression. I'd rather stick to my alprazolam. Withdrawal from alprazolam is not a big issue for me.
 
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Wow!!! Im impressed. During my last failed attempt I almost collapsed on day 13. Blood pressure was so low, dizzy, weak, the brain zaps would not stop. Lexapro is horrible. Withdrawal in general is horrible. Thats why i dont take seroquel even when it makes me sleep and helps with depression. I'd rather stick to my alprazolam. Withdrawal from alprazolam is not a big issue for me.
I went through it even if it was a real torture. I didn’t take any antidepressant for almost a year after that.
 
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I went through it even if it was a real torture. I didn’t take any antidepressant for almost a year after that.
Im on 5mg a day. Im not sure i can function with less. Ill try but not right now because sometimes i feel a little bit of depression. This lower dose is helping me to get rid of the horrendous fatigue i was feeling. This antidepresants were causing me so much fatigue. This never happened with Celexa in the usa.
 
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Im on 5mg a day. Im not sure i can function with less. Ill try but not right now because sometimes i feel a little bit of depression. This lower dose is helping me to get rid of the horrendous fatigue i was feeling. This antidepresants were causing me so much fatigue. This never happened with Celexa in the usa.
They say lots of people keep Lexapro 5mg since it still works. I had energy when I was on Lexapro. 10mg. I don’t feel tired anymore now with Fluoxetine 40mg.
 
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