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I was prescribed Citalopram for anxiety and panic

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Hi there ,I was prescribed Citalopram for anxiety and panic attacks...Took it for 6 weeks but didn't feel any good at all ,opposite make me feel quite ill !So I was advised to gradually stop it !I be been off for week now and keep getting chest pains and cramps in my legs and generally very tired ,is this normal ?Also started taking homeopaty tablets for anxiety and panic ....Thank you !Petya
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.

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Hello and thank you for using JustAnswer. What was your dose of the Citalopram? And when you say gradually stop the medication, does that mean you tapered off it?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I was taking 20mg Citalopram and came off it within two weeks very gradually...
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.

So it is not likely the Citalopram is the cause of this as you tapered off gradually and you were not on the medication that long to cause severe withdrawal symptoms. May I ask, do you know the name of the homeopathic supplements you are taking?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Gelsemium30c and Aconite 30c
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 1 year ago.

Thank you. I would recommend stopping your natural supplements as even in small doses these two supplements can cause problematic side effects. Both of these supplements have the possibility of depressing your system which can cause chest pains and the lethargic feeling you have, and it can cause muscle aches which you may describe as cramps. Both of these natural supplements can cause poisoning, so please consider stopping the supplements and then seeing how you feel. If you feel better within 2 weeks than most likely the supplements were the cause of your symptoms, but if not than most likely there is another cause and you should discuss this with your doctor.