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What is the best way to wean off of Celexa? After being on 20mg for 10 years, I have been taking 10mg for one week and am now experiencing flu like symptoms. How long does this last and is there anohter way to wean??
Celexa (generic citalopram) doesn't usually have a severe withdrawal syndrome. However susceptibility to withdrawal is highly variable. Most people would do fine with a simple reduction to half a dose for a week and then discontinuation. Since that isn't the case for you there are a few options to consider - you can use a pill cutter to reduce by smaller amounts (5 mg every two weeks, say) or you can switch to a longer acting medication like fluoxetine which is even less likely to cause a withdrawal and taper off of that medication.
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