Just a post to finally say I'm coming off the Citalopram after taking it for 5 years due to my depression.
I have attempted to withdraw from the drug several times before and failed, however I feel this time I will be successful in withdrawing as I have not taken a single tablet for 4 weeks and the side effects are not as severe and much more bearable than they were at the start of this process.
Since the start of this year, I have developed very heavy sleeping problems and also severe eczema all over my body. I did not know at time but I am now convinced the citalopram was causing both these problems. I cannot explain why but I am convinced because the eczema and sleeping problems reduced on my previous attempts to quit taking the drug and after 4 weeks of not taking a single tablet of citalopram, my eczema has virtually gone. It's just confusing because the eczema has only occurred this year and I have no history of it, but it was extremely severe and at one point I could barely move due to sore and chapped skin. I looked like a rotting zombie.
I am just slightly puzzled as to how long it will take although I am not even sure if it will still be in my system now?
I still keep getting the side effects but in a much less severe experience i.e. still get the odd patch of eczema and allergies such as sore throat, itchy eyes etc.
Rather than quitting cold turkey, I tapered the drug down to 5mg a day then eventually stopped altogether. It's been around 4/5 weeks now and I feel that I could not really cope with my current mood if this is what it's going to be like assuming the drugs are now out of my system? But I hope they are still in my system as I still have these effects as well as an unbalanced mood.
I am just slightly worried because I would have thought that it would not take longer than 4 weeks for 5mg of citalopram to get out of my system. I am coping but not very well and in a way, I hope that the citalopram is still in my system in the hope that this is not my final mood and I will get better.