I have taken citalopram for 4 yrs, prior to that I took dothiepin for over 30 yrs and found that very difficult to withdraw from. I got down from 225mg dothiepin to 50mg over a few yrs but never got any further; eventually the GP decided that dothiepin had a heart risk and so everyone had to change to something else, which is how I got citalopram.
I started on 20mg but it didn't touch the depression, but 30mg did.
Recently I have felt much better in myself and have taken quite a responsible job and want to manage without psychiatric pills altogether. I cut down from 30 mg to 25 mg in about 2 weeks, then 25 to 20, then 15, 12.5 etc down to 7.5 mg. I have been using a few millilitres of liquid Prozac as a cushion now and then but am not going to do that anymore as I have been reading that Prozac is quite a different drug in some respects.
Withdrawal from dothiepin was HORRIBLE, I felt ice cold and wore thermal underwear for a long time, a very runny nose and severe mood swings, so far my withdrawal from citalopram has been much easier.
Dothiepin is a tricyclic antidepressant, a bit similar to amitriptyline, these newer antidepressants are much better drugs, in my opinion.
I feel the doctors and to a large extent, my family, have encouraged me to stay on meds needlessly without any thought to how they might be affecting my quality of life.
I think the latter stages of withdrawal are always tougher and will keep this site posted as patients are empowered by knowledge. The internet is the best thing that ever happened to me, without it I would probably still be taking lithium, diazepam and epilim. How sad is that.
<p>26 March reduced to 15 mg and doing fine9/4/16 reduced to 14.5 mg18/4/16 reduced to 13.5 mg measured out wrong just seeing how it goes14/5/16 reduced to 13 mg today13/6 down to 12.52/7 down to 12 mg citalopram2/8 reinstated 20 mg7/8 down to 19 mg<p>13/8 down to15 mg 15/8 down to 14.5 mg 14/9 20mg cit plus 200 mg epilim 16/9 18 mg cit plus epilim. Epilim is also known as sodium vaporate or depakote and is an anticonvulsant that is also used as a mood stabiliser. 28/10 19.5 mg citalopram after spending a few weeks on 20mg. 20/10 back to 20 mg
03/01/17 Reduced to 19.8 mg. 10/1 back to 20 mg
04/02/17 Now doing one drop on oral syringe reduction
10/5/17 Down to 18 mg citalopram and started fish oil.
27/5/17 Down to 18 mg citalopram, minus one drop.