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weaning off of Celexa
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weaning off of Celexa
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??
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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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