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I have been on anti-depressants for the past 25 years. Started on Prozac then Lexapro and now Celexa. I quit during my pregnancies but began again shortly after giving birth. I added Adderral in 2007 and have taken it daily ever since. 
Seven days ago I went from taking 40 mg of Celexa to 30 mg and completely quit the Adderral cold turkey. I have experienced great amounts of fatigue but that’s about it. No withdrawal symptoms from the Celexa. Tomorrow, I plan on taking 20 mg and pray it works. I have also been meditating for the past 3 months daily. I wonder if this is helping with the withdraw symptoms? I’ll keep posting my progress...

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Welcome to SAkkp101098.


I would recommend you hold at 30mg and make no further changes.  Withdrawal symptoms can be delayed and a further drop to 20mg will increase the risk that they will occur.  


What is withdrawal syndrome.


When we take psychiatric medications, the CNS (central nervous system) responds by making changes over the months and years we take the drug(s). When the medication is discontinued, the CNS has to undo all the changes it made. Rebuilding the neurotransmitter production and reactivating the receptor and transporter cells takes time -- during that rebuilding process symptoms occur.  


Brain Remodelling 


I would hold at 30mg for at least three months.  If at that time you are feeling stable, you could then begin a slow taper to zero.


We recommend tapering by no more than 10% of current dose every four weeks.  The lower you go in dosage, the more important it is to taper slowly.


Why taper by 10% of my dosage?


This link is specifically about tapering Celexa, including how to get the nonstandard doses you'll need a 10% taper.


Tips for tapering off Celexa (citalopram)


We don't recommend a lot of supplements on SA, as many members report being sensitive to them due to our over-reactive nervous systems, but two supplements that we do recommend are magnesium and omega 3 (fish oil). Many people find these to be calming to the nervous system. 


Magnesium, nature's calcium channel blocker 


Omega-3 fatty acids (fish oil) 


Add in one at a time and at a low dose in case you do experience problems.


This is your Introduction topic, where you can ask questions and connect with other members.  We're glad you found your way here.



Gridley Introduction


Lexapro 20 mg since 2004.  Begin Brassmonkey Slide Taper Jan. 2017.   

End 2017 year 1 of taper at 9.25mg 

End 2018 year 2 of taper at 4.1mg

End 2019 year 3 of taper at 1.0mg  

Oct. 30, 2020  Jump to zero from 0.025mg.  Current dose: 0.000mg

3 year, 10 month taper is 100% complete.


Ativan 1 mg to 1.875mg 1986-2020, two CT's and reinstatements

Nov. 2020, 7-week Ativan-Valium crossover to 18.75mg Valium

Feb. 2021, begin 10%/4 week taper of 18.75mg Valium  

End 2021  year 1 of taper at 6mg

End 2022 year 2 of taper at 2.75mg 

Current dose as of Feb. 25, 2023 2mg

Taper is 89% complete.


Imipramine 75 mg daily since 1986.  Jan-Sept 2016 tapered to 14.4mg  

March 22, 2022: Begin 10%/4 week taper

Aug. 5, 2022: hold at 9.5mg and shift to Valium taper

Taper is 87% complete.  


Supplements: omega-3, vitamins C, E and D3, magnesium glycinate, probiotic, zinc, melatonin .3mg

I am not a medical professional and this is not medical advice but simply information based on my own experience, as well as other members who have survived these drugs.

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