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>> No. 5828 Anonymous
24th July 2021
Saturday 12:16 pm
5828 Tapering off SSRIS (Citalopram)
I have been taking 10mg Citalopram for around a year now and would like to come off safely. I've been pretty stupid about my intake of the drug, I regularly go 2-3 days without it (purposefully, I can't stand the side effects), but now I want to come off sensibly.

I was thinking of just doing 10mg every 3 days for 2 weeks then every 4 days for 2 weeks then stopping?
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>> No. 5829 Anonymous
24th July 2021
Saturday 12:24 pm
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Have you considered discussing this with the health professional who approves your prescriptions?
>> No. 5830 Anonymous
24th July 2021
Saturday 12:43 pm
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She told me to go cold turkey and no I'm not joking.
>> No. 5831 Anonymous
24th July 2021
Saturday 1:07 pm
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The half life of citalopram is meant to be about 35hours, this means that even though you go 2-3 days without a dose, there's probably a bit left in your body that's enough to prevent withdrawal symptoms starting (I discovered with sertraline -half life of about 26 hours- that the withdrawal symptoms only started after about 2-3 days after going cold turkey and were bad enough that I had to start taking it again). So I think it would be a good idea for you to try and just take a tablet every 3 days and see how you feel after a couple of weeks. Then if possible try and split the dose by half and keep on taking it every 3 days for a while.

Ultimately you can try and taper the dose down so slowly that you don't notice, or you can try and cut down until you notice withdrawal effects and just take a small enough dose to stave them off for a little longer.

The doctor has told you to go cold turkey, and she's probably right to say that the withdrawal effects aren't dangerous, but whilst not dangerous they can be incredibly unpleasant and last for weeks after you stop taking it so tapering off is better.
>> No. 5832 Anonymous
25th July 2021
Sunday 2:36 pm
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I tried to kill myself then threw them all in the bin.
>> No. 5833 Anonymous
25th July 2021
Sunday 5:29 pm
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