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I am currently withdrawing from Citalopram (40mg) but I've been stuck on 10mg for 3 months with withdrawl symptoms and fear to taper lower.


I now know I tapered wayyyy too fast, 30mg drop over 5 weeks. 

I had no withdrawl until I hit 10mg and I was withdrawing hard for 6 weeks after.

It's now been about 3 months and I think I am in withdrawal again. 


Is that possible? 

My current symptoms are - 

No engery

Waking up achey 


On going menstrual cycle (23 days of bleeding, intermittent bleeding, horrible periods) 

So moody and sensitive 


I have been having my hormones checked thinking something is wrong but now it has been suggested to me that I might still be withdrawing. 


Does citalopram/withdrawl effect people's menstrual cycle? 


I welcome all advice going forward. 


Citalopram for 10 years 40mg.


July - Dropped to 10mg over 5 weeks. 

August - started having horrible withdrawal. 

Improvement after 6 weeks. 

November - still on 10mg feeling horrible again 




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Welcome, @DustyMoon13


Yes, one withdrawal syndrome gets going, it can last a long time. Many women find the symptoms are worse at times in their menstrual cycles.


You might find your withdrawal symptoms are reduced if you increase your dosage a little, from 10mg to 12mg, for example. Citalopram comes in a prescription liquid so you can add 2mg to your 10mg tablet, or you can make your own liquid, as described here Tips for tapering off citalopram (Celexa)


After you stabilize for a good while, you can taper by our gradual 10% method using the liquid.


This is not medical advice. Discuss any decisions about your medical care with a knowledgeable medical practitioner.

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