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Side effects from stopping Citalopram

I have been on 30 mg Citalopram for burnout and stress from April last year and gradually reduced to 10mg and then stopped taking it. I felt ok for about 2 weeks but now feel very anxious, lots of palpitations and problems sleeping. I am not feeling stressed otherwise as I left my previous job and am now self employed working far less hours and having nice me time.

I am 46 so also menopausal symptoms:(.

Did other people experienced these side effects and if so how long does it last? I can go back on 10mg but would rather not. The lack of sleep is the worst. Thanks for your advise in advance:)

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Hi, Im on 10mg of citalopram and it helps keep the 'edge' off my mood. Why dont you want to take this? I was on 20mg for about 2 years and then reduced the dose to 10mg with my gp advice and advice from here.

My gp said I could stay on 10mg as long as I want. It is good to reduce the dose but I wouldnt give up completely. It is an illness we have so we need medication. A diabetic would take insulin.

Keep in touch.


I know you are right but Citalopram didn't lift my mood only calmed me down and I started to feel sedated. I acknowledge that 10mg can be the right dose without sedation. I am prone to mood swings rather than depression and wondered about a small dose of Lamotregine.

Does anyone has experience of taking it? I am not bipolar. Thanks.


First step, consider asking about trying other anti-Ds, lamotragine has some pretty negative side effects



You will need to talk to your GP again it looks like you may need a care and maintanance dose. I have to take 20mg now to get me through life

Good Luck



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