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Hi all here is my introduction 

I came off citalopram too fast a taper in Nov 2023 on advice from a cardiologist after several tests revealed I had a heart rhythm condition called a prolonged QT interval thought to be caused by citalopram. GP advised to switch to 25mg sertraline which I took for about 2 months but I decided to stop the sertraline and I reinstated the citalopram in Feb 2024 after having worsening withdrawal symptoms in the Jan. I thought I was having WD from the citalopram as I had been taking that for 10 years and thought at that time that was the best way to try and stop the withdrawal symptoms. I have seen some improvements since RI but still going through windows and waves. I am holding my dose at 15mg and have done for the past 5 weeks. I upped my dose quite quickly after RI in hindsight probably too fast but that's where I am now. 

My drug history 

20mg citalopram 10 years

Taper from citalopram June 2023-Nov 2023 using liquid drops by 1mg every week 

jumped off at 12mg switched to sert 25mg  Nov 2023 - feb 2024

stopped sertraline and

reinstated citalopram 1mg 11th Feb 

2mg 18th Feb

5mg 26th Feb

10mg 4th march 

15mg 24th march current dose.

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  • KenA changed the title to twilight14: My introduction
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Hi @twilight14, welcome to SA. 

I am sorry that citalopram caused prolonged QT. 


I know withdrawal is very hard but do you understand the risk of long QT? Has your doctor explained them clearly? 

I will  give you a warning to put your drug history into your drug signature. The warning has the link so it's easier to do that way. Don't be alarmed, you haven't done anything wrong :)


"Nothing so small as a moment is insurmountable, and moments are all that we have. You have survived every trial and tribulation that life has thrown at you up until this very instant. When future troubles come—and they will come—a version of you will be born into that moment that can conquer them, too." - Kevin Koenig 


I am not a doctor and this should not be considered medical advice. You can use the information and recommendations provided in whatever way you want and all decisions on your treatment are yours. 


In the next few weeks I do not have a lot of capacity to respond to questions. If you need a quick answer pls tag or ask other moderators who may want to be tagged. 


Aug  2000 - July 2003 (ct, 4-6 wk wd) , citalopram 20 mg,  xanax prn, wellbutrin for a few months, trazodone prn 

Dec 2004 - July 2018 citalopram 20 mg, xanax prn (rarely used)

Aug 2018 - citalopram 40 mg (self titrated up)

September 2018 - January 2019 tapered citalopram - 40/30/20/10/5 no issues until a week after reaching 0

Feb 2019 0.25 xanax - 0.5/day (3 weeks) over to klonopin 0.25 once a day to manage severe wd

March 6, reinstated citalopram 2.5 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 mg for sleep 2-3 times a week

Apr 1st citalopram 2.0 mg (liquid), klonopin 0.25 once a week (off by 4/14/19- no tapering)

citalopram (liquid) 4/14/19 -1.8 mg, 5/8/19 - 1.6 mg,  7/27/19 -1.5 mg,  8/15/19 - 1.35, 2/21/21 - 1.1 (smaller drops in between), 6/20/21 - 1.03 mg, 8/7/21- 1.025, 8/11/21 - 1.02, 8/15/21 - 1.015, 9/3/21 - 0.925 (fingers crossed!), 10/8/21 - 0.9, 10/18/21 - 0.875, 12/31/21 - 0.85, 1/7/22 - 0.825, 1/14/22 - 0.8, 1/22/22 - 0.785, 8/18/22 - 0.59, 12/15/2022 - 0.48, 2/15/22 - 0.43, 25/07/23 - 0.25 (mistake), 6/08/23 - 0.33mg


Supplements: magnesium citrate and bi-glycinate

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