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Hi, I have been taking Citalopram 20mg for about 10 years. I tried to come off about two years ago, but I did it very quickly and it was bad. 

I am trying to come off again, as I am worried I won't be able to get them in the future as I will not have the jab, and will probably have to go and live in the forest or something.

I have been looking at how to make liquid solution with my tablet and water. But I find it too difficult to understand, what amount to take, etc. I have been shaving my tablet but I know this is inaccurate. I have been getting withdrawal symptoms. I am really sensitive to everything so I know I need to micro taper, but I just can't understand how to do it. All the information here is so good, and so thorough, but I can't understand it.

Citalopram 20mg June 2011

May 2019 tried to come off but reduced too quickly and went back on

July 2021 trying again with micro taper

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  • getofflex changed the title to Jojojones: Mrs
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Hello, and welcome to SA.  We are a peer owned and run forum of people who have been or are getting off of psychiatric drugs.  I just want to congratulate you for trying to get off in the past, and say that you can come off this drug if you taper in the correct way.  You have come to the right place.


First of all, can you please give us specific information about your drug history for all drugs you are on and have been on, especially for the past 18-24 months?  It would be especially helpful to have the details of your drugs in a concise list (no symptoms), only drug names, specific dates (as best you can say for example early March if you don't recall the day) and dosages of each medication decrease or increase.  Please read the link below for instructions.  This will allow us to give you the best guidance.  


How to List Drug History in Signature


Here is some information about how these drugs actually work.  This will explain why you have withdrawal symptoms.  What symptoms are you having?  


How Psychiatric Drugs Remodel Your Brain



This helps you understand what withdrawal syndrome is: 


 Video on Recovery from Psych Drugs


What is Withdrawal Syndrome?


There are a couple of ways we suggest tapering at SA.  Since you said you are very sensitive to everything, I will suggest the Brassmonkey micro tapering method.


Brassmonkey Slide Method of Mirco Tapering


This next link will give you info on how to make a liquid out of your Celexa.  A liquid is good, because it is easy to adjust and measure the dose, and go down to very small doses.  You can buy a liquid citalopram in the UK, or you can make it yourself.  This link explains how: 


Tips for Tapering Celexa/Citalopram



Also, as we are recovering, we suggest keeping things slow, simple, and stable. This is extremely important. 


Considerations About Stability Stop Jumping Around


Keep it Simple, Slow, and Stable



When we recover, there are times of feeling OK mixed in with times of feeling bad.  This is called windows and waves.


Windows and Waves Pattern of Stabilization


Here are some techniques to cope with symptoms: 


Non Drug Ways to Cope with Withdrawal Symptoms



We don't suggest many supplements, but 2 that many of us find helpful are magnesium and omega-3 fish oil. Here are the links for info about those. It is suggested to add one at a time, and start with a low dose to see how it affects you. 



Omega 3 Fish Oil



Please let us know if you have any questions.  I know it can be confusing and overwhelming, all the information on our site.  The staff here have all been what you are going through and can help you. 

Please do not private message me.  Only tag me for urgent questions about tapering and reinstating - thank you.  


***Please note this is not medical advice.  Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a doctor who understands psych meds and how to withdraw from them, if you can find one.


Lexapro   Started Apr 15 2010 - 10 mg;  started taper August 2017, recent taper info: Apr 2 '20  0.18 mg; Jul 16  0.17 mg, Aug 23  0.16 mg, Oct 7  0.15 mg, Nov 8 - 0.14, Jan 16 '21 - 0.13, Feb 7 - 0.12, Feb 22 - 0.11, Mar 26 - 0.10, May 21 - 0.09, June 15 - 0.08 Aug 16 - 0.07, Oct 6 - 0.06, Nov 21 0.05, Dec. 17 0.04, Jan 14 '22 0.03, Feb 19 0.02, Apr 18 0.01, May 15 0.005,  Jul 8, 0.00.  Psych Drug Free as of July 8, 2022!!  Woohoo!!!

other meds: Levothyroxine 75 mg

magnesium in small amounts at 4 AM, before bed

suppl AM: fish oil, flax oil, vit C, vit E, multivitamin, zinc

suppl 8 PM: magnesium 350 mg, extended release vitamin C, melatonin 2 mg


Paxil 2002 - 2010, switched to Lexapro 2010 

Trazodone 50 mg. 2002 - 2019, fast tapered in 2019 

Xanax 0.5 mg as needed 2002 - 2019, up to 3x weekly 

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