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I have ME/CFS and asked to try citalopram in 2003 with advice from my therapist. I was not depressed, but suffer from "low mood" according to her. It made a huge difference to concentration and I suddenly felt like myself again.


My ME/CFS have gotten dramatically worse the last few years, and I am now in bed 20-23h/day. Just got off steroids and felt much better. Read about detox and want to try, and coming off citalopram is one thing I need to do. Also I realised many of my worsening symptoms may be SSRI side effects. I want to get off to know which is which.


I tried once cold turkey (2005) and felt horrible. Tried again two weeks ago to taper from 30 to 20 but I was so irritated I could not stand myself. I will now try with the 10% approach and have just made my own citalopram solution. Thanks a million for the instruction.



ME/CFS since 1996, 30 mg citalopram since 2003 for "depressed/low mood". Helped incredibly with concentration, and felt like myself again mentally. Just came off high dose steroids after a 14 month taper nightmare and felt lots better. Want to get off citalopram now to detox and see what happens to my ME/CFS symptoms as I have deteriorated dramatically the last years: in bed 20-23 h/day. SSRIs have the same side effects as many of my worsening symptoms.


Went cold turkey 2005 (unplanned, just tried as prescription ended) - awful, started at once again. Tried again 30 -> 20 mg beginning May 2016: super irritated. Will do the 10% method this time.


Start 2016: Citalopram 30 mg, Ginko Biloba 100 mg, Vit-D 10.000 IE, Fish oil 4mg, Magnesium 600 mg for pain/sleep.

May 2016: Citalopram 27 mg, Ginko Biloba 100 mg, Vit-D 10.000 IE, Fish oil 4mg, Magnesium 600 mg for pain/sleep.
June 2016: Citalopram 24 mg, Ginko Biloba 100 mg, Vit-D 5.000 IE, Fish oil 4 mg, Magnesium 600 mg for pain/sleep

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Hi Vera-- welcome to the group, I'm so glad you found us and that we have already been of help.  We have a ton of information here and are very willing to share.  You seem to have found your way around the site pretty well so I won't load you up with links.  If you have any questions at all be sure to ask.  Thank you for adding a signature block, it really helps us see what is going on at a glance.

20 years on Paxil starting at 20mg and working up to 40mg. Sept 2011 started 10% every 6 weeks taper (2.5% every week for 4 weeks then hold for 2 additional weeks), currently at 7.9mg. Oct 2011 CTed 15oz vodka a night, to only drinking 2 beers most nights, totally sober Feb 2013.

Since I wrote this I have continued to decrease my dose by 10% every 6 weeks (2.5% every week for 4 weeks and then hold for an additional 2 weeks). I added in an extra 6 week hold when I hit 10mg to let things settle out even more. When I hit 3mgpw it became hard to split the drop into 4 parts so I switched to dropping 1mgpw (pill weight) every week for 3 weeks and then holding for another 3 weeks.  The 3 + 3 schedule turned out to be too harsh so I cut back to dropping 1mgpw every 4 weeks which is working better.

Final Dose 0.016mg.     Current dose 0.000mg 04-15-2017


"It's also important not to become angry, no matter how difficult life is, because you can loose all hope if you can't laugh at yourself and at life in general."  Stephen Hawking

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Any update?

We are all wondering how you are doing?

Thought for the day: Lets stand up, and let’s speak out , together. G Olsen

We have until the 14th. Feb 2018. 

URGENT REQUEST Please consider submitting  for the petition on Prescribed Drug Dependence and Withdrawal currently awaiting its third consideration at the Scottish Parliament. You don't even have to be from Scotland. By clicking on the link below you can read some of the previous submissions but be warned many of them are quite harrowing.


Please tell them about your problems taking and withdrawing from antidepressants and/or benzos.

Send by email to petitions@parliament.scot and quote PE01651 in the subject heading. Keep to a maximum of 3 sides of A4 and you can't name for legal reasons any doctor you have consulted. Tell them if you wish to remain anonymous. We need the numbers to help convince the committee members we are not isolated cases. You have until mid February. Thank you

Recovering paxil addict

None of the published articles shed light on what ssri's ... actually do or what their hazards might be. Healy 2013. 

This is so true, with anything you get on these drugs, dependance, tapering, withdrawal symptoms, side effects, just silent. And if there is something mentioned then their is a serious disconnect between what is said and reality! 

  "Every time I read of a multi-person shooting, I always presume that person had just started a SSRI or had just stopped."  Dr Mosher. Me too! 

Over two decades later, the number of antidepressant prescriptions a year is slightly more than the number of people in the Western world. Most (nine out of 10) prescriptions are for patients who faced difficulties on stopping, equating to about a tenth of the population. These patients are often advised to continue treatment because their difficulties indicate they need ongoing treatment, just as a person with diabetes needs insulin. Healy 2015

I believe the ssri era will soon stand as one of the most shameful in the history of medicine. Healy 2015

Let people help people ... in a natural, kind, non-addictive (and non-big pharma) way. J Broadley 2017



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