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Ciderred959: Tapering off 40mg citalopram due to sexual dysfunctions


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Hi guys, im new to this forum and this being my first post.

Iv been on 40mgs of citalopram for over 2 years now and have been experiencing difficulties with erectile dysfunction, delayed or no ejcaculation for nearly 6 months, met a girl who im serious with so want to wing myself off it.

What would be the best dose to drop to and for how long for until i can drop dose again to be completely free?

I am only 25 so this really isn't good lol

How long will it take to get to my old self in the bedroomūüėÖ

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Hello Ciderred951, 


and welcome to SA.


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On 1/6/2021 at 11:08 AM, Ciderred951 said:

What would be the best dose to drop to and for how long for until i can drop dose again to be completely free?


On SA we have a harm-reduction approach and recommand slow tapers, we usually recommend to not exceed 10% every four weeks : 




Actually, it doesn't necessarily have to be 10% : the CNS is the leader here, and we adapt a taper according to his needs in the healing process. Some feel more comfortable with 5% or 3% drops.


This mights help you understand why we recommend slow tapering : 


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.  


These explain the healing process really well :



--> Are you using liquid or tablets ? You'll probably find this thread intesresting : 




Again, welcome.





2006 : 20mg Paroxetine + Bromazepam(no specific dose) 2008 : cold turkey of both

2010 : 20mg Deroxat + Bromazepam

2013: Switch from Bromazepam To Prazepam

2014-June2017 : Prazepam taper

2018 to August 2019 : Paroxetine 20mg taper (3% every 15 days).

- 22nd August updosed To 10mg (was at 8.4mg)

25th Sept 2019 To April 2020 : found SA, holding at 10mg Paroxetine. 

April 2020 : Paxil to Prozac bridge. Details : topic/21457-


Current Supplements : magnesium citrate/ fish oil/ evening primrose oil 


Current medication :  7mg Fluoxetine (since 20 Aug 2020)

+ 1mg Diazepam (since 29 Aug 2020)

(Toothpick Paroxetine from September 2020 to 17th March 2021)

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Hello. I have been taking Citalopram for 15 years and only started experiencing ED for the past 6 months, no problems before then. Has anyone else experienced similar after taking anti depressants for so many years? Any suggestions?? Thanks

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Hello, RB. Sexual dysfunction is a very common adverse effect of antidepressants and other psychiatric drugs. Incidence is about 50%. You may be experiencing this as a result of drug effect and your body aging.


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