Citalopram Withdrawal Symptoms

Citalopram Withdrawal Symptoms

Citalopram discontinuation effects or withdrawal symptoms can be sufficiently severe to cause a person to change their mind and go back on the drug.


Such an outcome is regrettable. However, it is avoidable. It may be a matter of finding the right help, which means caregivers with adequate experience, understanding, and compassion. At the Alternative to Meds Center in Sedona, these are the primary requisites we searched for in our staff roster.

We are a holistic mental health and prescription tapering facility, using a blend of Orthomolecular and Environmental medicine under the careful oversight of our medical doctor, medical staff, and over forty trained clinicians and support staff, to help our clients recover.

Through the cleanse, the nutritional deficiency testing and correction, relaxation therapies and educational classes on maintaining healthy neurochemistry, we help each client recover their health while tapering gently off their meds.

Over ten years ago, the founder, Dr. Lyle Murphy found there to be inadequate facilities geared to the needs of this particular population and as a result, founded the center to make help available to those suffering from untenable discontinuation effects. In the main, physicians and psychiatrists are untrained in how to help their patients withdraw from prescription drugs like Citalopram. The FDA merely recommends reducing the dosage as rapidly as is feasible.

Do not despair. We have a thoroughly effective program to ease withdrawals from SSRI drugs and other forms of medication, based on our over ten years experience and clinical expertise.

Adverse Events from Stopping Citalopram

There is, unfortunately, a mere scattering of published clinical studies done that show the results of persons suffering Citalopram discontinuation effects or withdrawal symptoms. In contrast, these reports also occur by the thousands in blogs or personal often heart-wrenching accounts.

From FDA's documented studies, we found these:

  • dysphoric mood (relentlessly profound internal restlessness and unease, resulting in the need to continually be in motion, i.e., rocking, pacing, etc.)
  • irritability
  • agitation
  • dizziness
  • paresthesias (electric shock sensations, sometimes called "brain zaps")
  • anxiety
  • confusion
  • headaches
  • lethargy
  • emotional lability (sudden uncontrollable episodes of crying, laughing or other outbursts)
  • insomnia
  • hypomania (elevated mood, inflated self-esteem, excitability or activity that lasts for four days. At seven days or longer, is termed "mania.")

(ref:https://www.fda.gov/Drugs/DrugSafety/ucm297391.htm)

NAMI has published more of these withdrawals from SSRI drugs such as Citalopram as well, which include:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • nightmares
  • headaches
  • paresthesias (a prickling or tingling sensation on the skin)

(ref https://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Treatment/Mental-Health-Medications/Citalopram-(Celexa)

There are innumerable more to be found in personal recollections and statements. But the above should suffice to at least partially demonstrate the often brutal nature of the after effects of medication withdrawal without proper preparation, and the right kinds of help to overcome these withdrawal symptoms from Citalopram and other types of prescription medications.

Find Out More

We invite you to call us at the Alternative to Meds Center. Find out what treatments and therapies entail our program, our testing procedures, our techniques, and how we can significantly ease withdrawals from prescription drugs for our clients, without the use of more prescription medications. Our center provides a luxury style residence, nestled comfortably near to the magnificent Red Rock Mountains, making a stunning setting for treatment.

We are here to help. Call us and find out everything you would like to know about how our program can safely, comfortably and healthfully help you or a loved one. We can help. If you have the desire to come off your medications but cannot or do not wish to do so on your own, contact us for help. You don't have to suffer from Citalopram discontinuation effects or withdrawal symptoms.

(References for studies: Fava, G.A., A. Gatti, C. Belaise, J Guidi, E. Offidani "Withdrawal Symptoms after SSRI Discontinuation: A Systematic Review." Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics 84, No. 2(2015):72-81)


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