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Old Dec 19th, 2009, 12:41 PM   1
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coming off citalopram ??


Hi ya im new here but have been on citalopram for 6 months 20mg me and my partner have decided to try for a baby and i am planning on stopping im worryed as i ve heard about the withdrawal ...,???? also im not sure how l9ng it takes to get out of yourq system i have a 4 year old daughter so just want to make sure i ol be ok for her as well does any one have any info please thanks all emma x x x



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Old Dec 19th, 2009, 12:51 PM   2
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Hi sweetie

I have been taking citalopram 20mg's for 6 months but now had moved down to 10mg's.

To be honest I was naughty in the respect that my doctor has told me not to come off cold turkey, but I have been so relaxed and forgetful lately I have just been forgetting to take them! I only noticed a week ago that I haven't even been taking them.. As for withdrawals I didn't really have any, I had a day where I felt very anxious and I had about 2 days of spells where I just felt dizzy, I would be walking and would just feel that 'rush'. but it soon subsided and I haven't really had anything since I just think its a little of mind over matter and as long as I keep thinking positive and relaxed I stay positive and relaxed.

Always make it a gradual thing as its different for different people. I believe after 6 months if your doctor is happy with your progress you go down to 10mgs and then slowly to nothing, to minimise any withdrawls. I was also told that it comes out your system pretty much straight away and there are really no ill effects after a few weeks. (Just to get you past the withdrawl stage) if you are actively trying for a child.

Hope this helps.



 
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Old Dec 19th, 2009, 12:54 PM   3
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My doctor told me the other day that most antidepressants are fine during pregnancy its just a case of double checking
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Old Dec 19th, 2009, 12:57 PM   4
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My doctor told me the other day that most antidepressants are fine during pregnancy its just a case of double checking
xx
Just to add to this, I was told there are other antidepressants, that are safe during pregnancy, but I was advised that there aren't enough studies on citalopram to suggest it is harmful/not harmful to baby, therefore if you chose to stay on them they can move you to another type that is proven safe. Its sort of a toss up between being drug free but also being relaxed and stress free as this is probably best for baby Just do what is right for you x



 
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Old Dec 19th, 2009, 13:13 PM   5
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Yeah you might have to switch if you feel ready to be anti depressant free then talk to your doctor if not then look into other options or other anti ds
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Old Dec 19th, 2009, 14:50 PM   6
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The best bet would be to talk to your doctor about reducing your dose and weaning yourself off slowly. Even if one person doesn't go through withdrawals it might be different for the next.

I'm on a short course of Effexor Xl for ptsd. The doctor anticipates that I will only be on it for 6weeks in total and I am already nervous about the prospect of withdrawals even though I am only on a tiny dose! I shouldn't be hard hit though. Saying that....I shouldn't even have side effects with such a low dose but I do.



 
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Old Dec 19th, 2009, 15:25 PM   7
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My MW had told me citalopram was fine during pg (there is a study on it http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12189365 ) though she did say I would have to taper off in the 3rd trimester. I tapered myself off anyhow before my current pg. It's really about what you and your maternity carer are comfortable with though.



 
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Old Dec 19th, 2009, 15:59 PM   8
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I was on this 3 years ago and when I felt it was the right time to come off it I went to the doc as I assumed I'd have to be "weaned" off it, but the doc said for me to just stop it if I was happy to. However, I would really advise you to double check with your doctor and see what they say.

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Old Dec 20th, 2009, 03:59 AM   9
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Citalopram is not safe during pregnancy...

Before having Chloe I was on 60mg citalopram daily, amongst other things.

I dropped the citalopram 10mg a week until it was all gone, so took about 6 weeks. I started coming off it in the july and conceived in the october. I had a small dose of fluoxetine during pregnancy, which is the safest option in pregnancy I believe. Good luck



 
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Old Dec 20th, 2009, 04:51 AM   10
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My doctor told me the other day that most antidepressants are fine during pregnancy its just a case of double checking
xx
Just to add to this, I was told there are other antidepressants, that are safe during pregnancy, but I was advised that there aren't enough studies on citalopram to suggest it is harmful/not harmful to baby, therefore if you chose to stay on them they can move you to another type that is proven safe. Its sort of a toss up between being drug free but also being relaxed and stress free as this is probably best for baby Just do what is right for you x
Yeah I was told that too. I didnt have any side effects coming off citalopram, and I had a lot when I went onto it.

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