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Can coming off citalopram cause anxiety to worsen and make thoughts of bad ghings happening to family intensify im so down and afraid help?

Can coming off citalopram cause anxiety to worsen and make thoughts of bad ghings happening to family intensify im so down and afraid help?

Yes, this can happen: Some people have a hard time stopping citalopram and other ssris, with an increase in anxiety being a prominent symptom. It is best to wean down very slowly and under the care of your physician. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Citalopram (Definition)

Citalopram is a ssri medication used to treat anxiety and depression disorders, it's also used to treat ptsd and ocd. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to be fully effective. Side effects; sedation, minor temporary stomach issues, delayed orgasm in males and rarely weight gain. It is ...Read more


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Is there a reason why I am obsessing over things after coming off citalopram?

Is there a reason why I am obsessing over things after coming off citalopram?

It helps for anxiety: Celexa helps to decrease obsessive thoughts present in some anxiety disorders. If you experience a recurrence of your symptoms, you should discuss them with your provider to consider restarting treatment. ...Read more

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Can you offer some advice for coming off of citalopram?

Can you offer some advice for coming off of citalopram?

See a psychiatrist: Coming off the medicine yourself? Seeing a doctor? Replacing the medication with another? I suggest seeing a psychiatrist you trust to fully answer your question. If you can't find one you trust, keep looking. ...Read more

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Been on Lexapro 15 mg for four days. I'm also coming off of citalopram. I feel like everything is agitating me and angry What could be the reason?

Been on Lexapro 15 mg for four days. I'm also coming off of citalopram. I feel like everything is agitating me and angry What could be the reason?

It depends: on what dose of citalopram you were on as Lexapro is a very similar molecule and is dosed at half the amount as citalopram. Then again it could be a totally different reason. ...Read more

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I'm taking 20mg citalopram a day for depression. Mood is a lot better than before but worried about coming off it. Is there many withdrawal effects?

I'm taking 20mg citalopram a day for depression. Mood is a lot better than before but worried about coming off it. Is there many withdrawal effects?

Not many: The ssri class of medications are very well tolerated and have few side effects. When weaning off the medications appropriately, you should have no issues. Ask your dr. What the best wean for you is, if in fact you are ready to get off the medication. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it bettet to take citalopram in the morning or at night?

Is it bettet to take citalopram in the morning or at night?

Morning: Most psychiatrists prescribe citalopram (and other ssri's like paroxetine, fluoxetine, s-citalopram, sertraline) in the morning, because ssri's can cause insomnia in many people. However, in some individuals, ssri's can cause tiredness, fatigue, or sleepiness, in which case you could take the citalopram at bedtime. ...Read more

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What is citalopram taken for?

What is citalopram taken for?

Celexa: I agree with dr. Williamson, but also add that ssri's are used to treat anxiety. ...Read more

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What happens if you stop taking citalopram suddenly?

What happens if you stop taking citalopram suddenly?

SSRI Discontinuation: Citalopram is an ssri antidepressant. If you stop it or any of its relatives suddenly, you may experience discontinuation (withdrawal) symptoms. These can be uncomfortable, and include dizziness, nausea, sweating, tremor, confusion, vertigo, and electric "zap" type sensations. If you're wanting to stop your medication, please talk with your doctor about a gradual taper instead. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: citalopram?

SSRI antidepressant: Citalopram is a ssri medication used to treat anxiety and depression disorders, it's also used to treat ptsd and ocd. It takes 4 to 6 weeks to be fully effective. Side effects; sedation, minor temporary stomach issues, delayed orgasm in males and rarely weight gain. It is also approved for adolescents. ...Read more

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Dr. Alan Ali
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Celexa (Definition)

Celexa is a serotonin reuptake blocker which is a kind of ...Read more