My doctor has recommended I start taking citalopram for my anxiety. Is it addictive?

No. Simple answer. Start down the path to getting better. Even if it is not ultimately effective for you, begin the process, and do not let your anxiety prevent you from treating your anxiety.
Not Addictive. Citalopram can be very helpful and is not considered addictive or habit forming. If it is helpful (and tolerated) you may need to be on it indefinitely. If you and your physician believe at some time later you should try to stop it, this is usually done by tapering it off. This avoids some discomforting symptoms that occur with abrupt withdrawal.

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My doctor has recommended I start taking citalopram for my anxiety. Is it addictive? I have had two episodes of sever anxiety over the past year. I am hoping this new medication will help.

Citalopram . Citalopram is not considered addictive. It belongs to ssri class antidepressants and abrupt discontinuation of citalopram (as well as other similar drugs) may cause a discontinuation syndrome. Symptoms are: dizziness (exacerbated by movement), lethargy, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, headache, fever, chills, sweating, malaise, incoordination, insomnia, vivid dreams, muscle aches, "electric shock"-like sensations, visual discoordination, anxiety, irritability, confusion, slowed thinking, disorientation and rarely, aggression, impulsivity or manic-like behavior. This syndrome is most likely to occur 1-7 days after the drug was stopped or its dose drastically reduced, and typically disappears within 3 weeks or less. Therefore, if it becomes necessary to discontinue citalopram after prolonged use it should be withdrawn gradually. A recommended rate of the dose decrease is approximately 25% of the original dose per week. If these symptoms appear, a good strategy is to restart the drug and taper it more slowly. Read more...
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