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KWagner: Started tapering without any knowledge as to how-Celexa 20mg


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Hi all!  I tapered to 10 mg from 20 and was fine for 2-3 weeks (did not take note of the date I started this) and then I started having bouts of horrible itching and burning on different parts of my body.  Most of the time on my lower legs and feet.  Waking me up in the middle of the night.  Driving me crazy.  After the 3rd day of this, it clicked that it was from the celexa tapering.  I am reading "Your Drug May be Your Problem" thanks to this site, and I'll be starting over and SLOWLY tapering.  To make it easy I'm going to start lowering by 2.5 mg at 3 week intervals.  Any similar stories, advice, or suggestions are welcome!

 

Celexa since around 2001

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Hi KW

 

Welcome to the community, I'm glad you've found us.  Are you still having uncomfortable symptoms?  Did you return to the full 20 mg dose? 

 

We actually recommend that you reduce by no more than 10% of your previous dose.  You want to go at a rate that your system can handle.  I recommend that you start a log of symptoms so that you can tell how you are doing. 

 

Here is a thread that explains why 10% this: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1024-why-taper-by-10-of-my-dosage/

 

Here is a thread that talks about logging and rating your symptoms: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/1779-rate-symptoms-daily-to-catch-withdrawal-early/

 

Here is our guide to tapering off Celexa: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/2023-tips-for-tapering-off-celexa-citalopram/page__pid__19887#entry19887

 

You may find it is easier to reduce Celexa if you make a liquid.  You can use a syringe (without a needle) to measure your dose and it is much easier than trying to cut up tablets.  Here is a thread that disusses this process: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/2022-making-a-celexa-solution-yourself

 

Please add your med history to your signature.  As you post progress and questions to your thread having your history posted in your signature will make it easier for mods and members to see your personal experience and respond to your individual situation.  This thread explains how to add your signature: http://survivingantidepressants.org/index.php?/topic/893-please-put-your-withdrawal-history-in-your-signature/

 

Others will pop in and share guidance and experiences.  Once again, welcome to the forum.

 

Karma

2007 @ 375 mg Effexor - 11/29/2011 - 43.75 mg Effexor (regular) & .625 mg Xanax

200 mg Gabapentin 2/27/21 - 194.5 mg, 5/28/21 - 183 mg, 8/2/21 - 170 mg - 11/28/21 - 150 mg
Xanax taper: 3/11/12 - 0.9375 mg, 3/25/12 - 0.875 mg, 4/6/12 - 0.8125 mg, 4/18/12 - 0.75 mg; 1/16 0.6875 mg; at some point 0.625 mg
Effexor taper: 1/29/12 - 40.625 mg, 4/29/12 - 39.875 mg, 5/11/12 - Switched to liquid Effexor, 5/25/12 - 38 mg, 7/6/12 - 35 mg, 8/17/12 - 32 mg, 9/14/12 - 30 mg, 10/19/12 - 28 mg, 11/9/12 - 26 mg, 11/30/12 - 24 mg, 01/14/13 - 22 mg. 02/25/13 - 20.8 mg, 03/18/13 - 19.2 mg, 4/15/13 - 17.6 mg, 8/10/13 - 16.4 mg, 9/7/13 - 15.2 mg, 10/19/13 - 14 mg, 1/15/14 - 13.2 mg, 3/1/2014 - 12.6 mg, 5/4/14 - 12 mg, 8/1/14 - 11.4 mg, 8/29/14 - 10.8 mg; 10/14/14 - 10.2 mg; 12/15/14 - 10 mg, 1/11/15 - 9.5 mg, 2/8/15 - 9 mg, 3/21/15 - 8.5 mg, 5/1/15 - 8 mg, 6/9/15 - 7.5 mg, 7/8/15 - 7 mg, 8/22/15 - 6.5 mg, 10/4/15 - 6 mg; 1/1/16 - 5.6 mg; 2/6/16 - 5.2 mg; 4/9 - 4.8 mg; 7/7 4.5 mg; 10/7 4.25 mg; 11/4 4.0 mg; 11/25 3.8 mg; 4/24 3.6 mg; 5/27 3.4 mg; 7/8 3.2 mg ... 10/18 2.8 mg; 1/18 2.6 mg; 4/7 2.4 mg; 5/26 2.15mg; 8/18 1.85 mg; 10/7 1.7 mg; 12/1 1.45 mg; 3/2 1.2 mg; 5/4 0.90 mg; 6/1 0.80 mg; 6/22 0.65 mg; 08/03 0.50 mg, 08/10 0.45 mg, 10/05 0.325 mg, 11/23 0.2 mg, 12/14 0.15 mg, 12/21 0.125 mg, 02/28 0.03125 mg, 2/15 0.015625 mg, 2/29/20 0.00 mg - OFF Effexor


I am not a medical professional - this is not medical advice. My suggestions are based on personal experience, reading, observation and anecdotal information posted by other sufferers

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