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Hello. Just looking for support while I get off of Celexa. Feeling good today however last night was rough, The worst seems to be hot flashes and feeling dizzy. Plus I had a terrible headache. The good news I guess is I am no longer sleeping all day and have some hope for change.


I started taking the meds for major depression, which thankfully is gone however now I just feel blah most of the time. It has been years since my last major depressive episode. I am in a good place now and feel ready to feel again. I guess I am just scared however if I could get clean and sober and quit smoking I can do this. I have been sober for 26 years now and am trying to use the same techniques in quitting Celexa.  I look forward to learning from you all.



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Have taken 30mg daily of Celexa for 7 years. Started detox 7/9/2016. On 20mg daily now.

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Hi Jen

So glad you found sa

Correct me if i am wrong but it appears to me that you have dropped 33% in one hit ..going from 30mg to 20 mg on ninth of july ...4 days ago.

If i am right then that is not the taper method that is rec here. What has proven and shown to produce success in tapering is a taper no faster than 10% of the previous dose per month. This is a harm reduction approach.


What do you mean by 'detox' are you attending a particular drug withdrawal clinic? , if so what do they recommend?

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Hi Jen, and welcome to SA,


Here is some information about slow tapering that NZ mentioned:


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


Introduction to AD Withdrawal Syndrome


And these are what helped me to understand why a slow taper is recommended by SA:


Brain Remodelling (Rhi's Description of Brain Healing)

Video:  Healing From Antidepressants - Patterns of Recovery


I discovered SA myself after attempting to drop from 100 mg to 50 mg and suffered almost 3 weeks of very foggy head and got to the stage where I was having trouble typing (I am a professional typist so it was a good indication that something was not right).  After it being suggested that I increase my dose the withdrawal symptoms subsided within hours and after stabilising I then commenced tapering.  I have found that I need to taper at <10% of my previous dose to keep withdrawal symptoms from happening.  My taper has been going well and I am now down to 50 mg.  I also found that after I lowered my dose I wasn't sleeping as much during the day.


If you have dropped from 30 to 20 and you can't handle the symptoms, you may be able to go back to 30 (or even 25), stabilise and then commence a 10% taper.  Here is the information about Celexa:


Tips for tapering off Celexa (citalopram)


As NZ said it is good that you have found SA.  You can click "Follow this topic" (top right) and be notified when someone responds.  This will be your intro/update topic (I have added your name and drug to the topic title) and you can ask questions here and use it as a journal of your progress.


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Post 0 updates start here    My tapering program     My Intro (goes to tapering graph)

 VIDEO:   Antidepressant Withdrawal Syndrome and its Management

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Hi jen -- Welcome to Surviving Antidepressants (SA) from another member!


Your previous experience in getting sober will help you in your taper if you remember that you'll need to go much slower cutting antidepressant dosage than you did for another substance. 


I hope you'll check out the links that ChessieCat has posted for you.

This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.
1997-1999 Effexor; 2002-2005 Effexor XR 37.5 mg linear taper, dropping same #beads/week with bad results

Cymbalta 60 mg 2012 - 2015; 2016: 20 mg to 7 mg exact doses and dates in this post; 2017: 6.3 mg to  0.0 mg  Aug. 12; details here

scallywag's Introduction
Online spreadsheet for dose taper calculations and nz11's THE WORKS spreadsheet

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I wish you all of the best in your recovery Jen. It won't be easy, but it'll be worth it.

1)Zoloft- 6/99 to 8/04 2)Escitalopram- 8/04 to 8/10 3)Citalopram 8/10 to 4/14 (C/T), 4)Paxil a week or so, 5)Wellbutrin a week or so, 6)Reinstated Citalopram- 9/14 to 7/15

Before Taper- Celexa/20 mg....Taper Start- 04/21/15- 15mg....05/26/15- 10 mg...06/22/15- 5 mg...07/18/15- 0mg. http://tinyurl.com/qjfoqe9 Ativan/Lorazepam use/taper 10/14 to 2/15- http://tinyurl.com/ljebp84

Baclofen- Intermittent use of from 2008 till 2014. Some use of Promethazine. Some use of Zofran. Clobetasol Propionate- for Lichen Planus. Some Flexeril use. 

Ativan- GABA,A receptor Agonist., Baclofen- GABA,B receptor Agonist., Celexa/Lexapro- Serotonin 5-HT1A Receptor Agonist., Zofran- Serotonin 5-HT3 Receptor Agonist..Promethazine- Histamine H1-Receptor Antagonist. Flexeril- Serotonin 5HT2a Antagonist.


My self imposed Amino Acid Therapy: Tyrosine 500mg 1xday, Theanine 200 mg 1xday, & Taurine 500 mg 2x day. (All neurotransitter pre-cursors)- seems to have helped me immensely. And of course- eating healthy, including Black Beans for the oligosaccharides for gut health.


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Wishing you luck too Jen.



2010 started 10 mg celexa, 2011 went up to 20 mg

06/2014 started tapering (20 mg,10 mg alternate days)

19/09/2014 crashed at 10 mg

20/09/2014 updosed to 20 mg to try and stabilize- Never stabilized and CNS basically plummeted

August 31 2015- Started my 5% taper anyways

May 3 2016- At 14 mg the tapering caught up with me- Withdrawal included severe anxiety, feeling like im on speed, suicidal and homicidal ideation, akathesia, feeling like I was on heroin, memory loss, PGAD, feeling like I was on an acid

May 4 2016- Updosed to 15.5 mg to try and stabilize

​June 4- Started taking 2 mg 5 times a day which adds up to 10 mg because of akathesia when taking my full dose. Akathesia symtpoms smaller

July 27th- Dropped from 15.5 mg to 10 mg because could no longer tolerate taking drug- bad side effects mainly akathesia and emotional deadness.

​Oct 11- Improved a lot since May 4th after my crash. Withdrawal symptoms still left- DR/DP, emotional anasthesia, akathesia, tingling in head, feeling like my body and face disappears, messed up sound interpretation, perception and difficulty reading social and emotional cues during DR/DP, apathy, inability to tell if I am in dream or reality, disturbed sleep. Started having few windows

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Hi Jen,

I too am tapering off Celexa.  I'm down to 35mg. and am staying there for awhile until my head burning sensation subsides.  Taper slowly like everyone has said and you will cope better.  

July Medications: Started taking antidepressants in 1981, also benzos off and on; antiphychotics , anti-seizure for years.   Trazodone, Lamotrigine, Klonopin for over 10 years   all at maximum dosages,:Disconcontinued Klonopin in month of February 2011,  discontinued Trazodone and Lamotrigine   in month of March 2011 while in hosptial.  Given Seroquel to "help" go off Klonopin  gradually increased to 600 mg ; doctor took me off 600 mg. Seroquel in two weeks, and switched to Resperidal  because of weight gain on Seroquel, went off Resperidal quickly,   then gradually reinstated  Seroquel to 600 mg. at my request.   Went off Seroquel by myself at 25mg. per month in 2014.     Last medication Seroquel completely off since May 2016. Also went off Morphine at the same time as last 25 mg. of Seroquel in May 2016. Started tapering Celexa 40mg. to 35mg.  on 11 Aug. 2016  ; 16 Oct. Celexa 32.5 mg.; 6 Nov. 2016:  30mg. , 50 mg abt. Feb 26 with occasional 30mg.  , : May 10, 2017 began tapering rapidly because of adverse reaction to Celexa;, 40 mg. Celexa;   May 24, 2017: 35mg Celexa.;  June 8, 2017, 30 mg. Celexa, June 22, 2017 25mg.Celexa,; July 6,2017 20mg. CELEXA, July 20: 15mg.; August 10: Sep 29 2017: 10mg. Celexa + 10mg. Prozac, 5 Oct, 2017:  5mg. Celexa + 10mg. Prozac.; Oct. 14 Celexa 0., Prozac 10mg.Took last Prozac on November 22, 2017, Jan. 31 30mg. Cymbalta........ May Cymbalta 90mg.


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