currently on 40mg dosage
Can you just stop taking citalopram or must you taper off of it?
- 21 May 2013 by psimpson52
- 24 December 2017
Hi, you should taper, stopping suddenly will 'mess your head up' for want of a better phrase! Your doctor is the first port of call to provide a tapering plan. In my experience, though, a 10mg decrease every 2 weeks is a good way to go. When you get down to 10mg, you might find it a little harder. PLEASE contact your doctor at once if you are experiencing increased depression, anxiety or thoughts that concern you. Why are you considering discontinuing Citalopram (just being nosy)?
Be sure that you consult with your doctor first. Depending upon any other medications or supplements you may have to tailor this specific to your needs. Also, when I decided to get off this after a long use, my doctor reminded me that I feel really good now because the medicine works. Well I did fine once off it until a tragedy struck. My brain doesn't handle stress well and I was quickly depressed. Back on the med I went once I grasped that the depression did not go away. Much is genetic and upbringing. It isn't just how we cope, but how our body responds. I take an antidepressant to keep me balanced. Nobody does it on their own when it is a chemical imbalance. Temporary depression works that way handled alone. Clinical depression needs the neurotransmitters that are missing. Just that simple. Karen
I am on 20mg of citalopram have been for several years, I don't think I need it anymore so I stopped about 3 days ago and now I have no systems other then nausea don't know if it's from this or not but worried about withdraws or something more serious from just stopping. What should I do ?
- Citalopram Information for Consumers
- Citalopram Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Citalopram (detailed)
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