Surely, except in cases of long term anxiety, getting rid of stress factors and getting back in control of your own life should surely be the main aim? So many people seem unable to stop taking the pills, it concerns me.
If your anxiety is situational and you eventually need to discontinue the citalopram, then a gradual taper is all that is necessary. As long as you slowly come off the medication rahter than abruptly stopping you will have little problem with withdrawal-like symptoms. I recommend working with a counselor to help you develop the coping skills to get your anxiety under control and maybe not needing the citalopram for an exteneded amount of time. Please be aware that it can take upwards of a month for the medication to reach maximum effectiveness.
And it should be a concern, but keep in mind many (not all) of those who "seem unable to stop" may have been abusing, may not have followed the instructions given by the prescribing MD or may have other "issues" with abuse and addiction.
If you have confidence in your Dr then follow his/her directions and be sure to express your concerns about this. There are very successful ways to discontinue a prescription without complications, especially if the directions are followed and the Dr is kept in the loop. Hope this helps.
I am coming off right now & it sucks, I'm gonna be honest & let you know how I feel about this drug. I wish I never started any! But there is a reason we have to be on the drug . Now I will never tell any one that it's a good drug, but we all react differant. I had not a few times I forgot it & I was in hospital! My slow tapper has been ok up till my last five mg (that who knows how long till I'm off) & hot flashes, zaps like the strangest feeling, my brain scrambled and I can't believe I'm typing. I wish I had someone tell me something reall, than dr prescribed it, it must be ok. I wish I never had to be on it and the replcements are the same! But we have to try something if it's bad, I would recommend anything like talk therapy, books, things I can't think of befor any drug to make you back in control. That's my two cents, take care.
hi Sally, I have been on citalopram for about 12 years, for depression, (turns out it's really fibro) it is an anti-depressant. I tried to go off of it and realized I needed the anti-depressant, so stayed on it. Have tried to go off a few times and it isn't fun at all. I am staying on it for the long haul. As for using it for anxiety, not sure it's the best choice. Others here can best direct their answers to that. take care, you know best
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