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When Should I Come off Citalopram?

What is Citalopram?

Citalopram is a type of antidepressant known as a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Citalopram is prescribed to treat depression and also sometimes for panic attacks or anxiety. Citalopram is available on prescription and can be taken in tablet or liquid form.

Coming off Citalopram is different for everyone, however this article will explain when more about when you should come off Citalopram.  

What are the Side Effects of Citalopram?

Although Citalopram is an effective medicine, the antidepressant has been known to cause side effects. Common side effects include; tiredness, dry mouth and sweating. These tend to disappear within a few weeks.

You must tell your doctor if you experience any serious side effects, including; shaking (tremor), decreased interest in sex, changes in sexual ability, easy bruising/bleeding.

Get urgent medical help if you have any very serious side effects, including; fainting, fast/irregular heartbeat, seizures, eye pain/swelling/redness, widened pupils, vision changes (such as seeing rainbows around lights at night).

How Long Does It Take for Citalopram to Work?

Patients usually notice citalopram working within 4-6 weeks, this is because Citalopram works by helping to restore the balance of a certain natural substance (serotonin) in the brain, which can take a few weeks.

When Should I Come off Citalopram?

If you feel like you are ready to come off Citalopram, we recommend that you book an appointment with your doctor for them to assess if you are ready to stop taking the medication.

If your doctor agrees that you are ready to stop taking citalopram, they may recommend reducing your dose gradually to help prevent extra side effects. This is why it is so crucial for you to consult your doctor before you stop taking your medication, as side effects of taking yourself straight off the medication can be serious. These side effects can include; extreme fatigue, migraines and feelings of serious depression.

If you have a repeat prescription such as Citalopram, you may wish to consider using services such as RXLive, which provide a free delivery service to ensure you never miss your medication again and have a dedicated pharmacist ready to chat at all times.



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