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I am sorry to hear about the uncomfortable symptoms that you are experiencing with this withdrawal from Celexa. I am glad that you are under Doctors supervision as this is a medical process that can have very profound physical and emotional side effects and it does take several weeks or more in some cases for the side effects to resolve.
Your Doctor should have provided you with a Tapering schedule based on your unique medical needs. Make sure you follow it and if you have any overwhelming side effects of difficulty coping, never hesitate to pic up the phone and contact your Doctor.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs, of which Celexa is a type, work in the brain to help the serotonin chemical to be more active. This is thought by researchers to help mitigate the symptoms of depression, according to the Mayo Clinic. Celexa is an antidepressant prescribed as a pill or a solution to help in the treatment of this mental illness. It is known generically as citalopram.
If you stop taking Celexa—by your own choice or upon the orders of your psychiatrist or physician—your body may go through withdrawal symptoms. Your body has acclimated to Celexa and it will react to the absence of the drug. You may experience sudden shaking or bouts of shaking following this discontinuation. This can feel a bit like experiencing chills, but may continue longer than that. Slightly less severe is trembling, also a common withdrawal effect after quitting Celexa. Tell your psychiatrist or doctor if you experience shaking or trembling as a result of stopping the medication.
Another common withdrawal effect of Celexa cessation is becoming more nervous than you typically might be. You may feel jumpy and feel worried without any obvious cause. You may react to the slightest sound or movement. This, too, may need medical attention, so call your doctor immediately.
Anxiety is similar to nervousness, but more profound. You may typically feel anxious in regular life when you are faced with doing something “nerve-wracking” such as speaking to an audience or doing something you never have done before, such as skydiving. These bouts of anxiety have obvious causes. If you have nothing to be anxious about, but you experience anxiety following the stoppage of Celexa, it can be a withdrawal effect. Tell your doctor immediately, the Mayo Clinic recommends.
When you have stopped taking citalopram, you also may become dizzy as your body adjusts to the medication not being in your system anymore. Dizziness may make it appear that your environment is spinning or that you are, and you may lose your balance if it is severe. Contact your doctor about this effect, too.
Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/85008-common-withdrawal-effects-celexa/#ixzz1zUMFOtd1
Here's the good news: the withdrawal is temporary. You will survive! As for how long the symptoms last - that varies widely among users.
Again, do not hesitate to talk to your doctor if needed. It is also ok to share your feelings with close friends and family who can be supportive. It is a process and you will make it through.
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