Coming off drugs – does Citalopram help?

I’ve taken Citalopram for the last year and a half.  I’m not sure if it helped or not. I did get better, but I was trying other things too, so it is difficult to know.  I definitely did notice some side-effects: stomach upset when I started the meds and interference with my sex life – which could in itself be depressing – thank goodness I have an understanding husband!

Anyhow, I’ve decided to come off the Citalopram and visited my GP who agreed.  It sounds quite simple.  I’m taking 20 mg daily. I am going to cut this down to 10 mg for a month, then 10 mg every other day for two weeks.  I am also going to keep a daily log of my mood, so that I can see what is ‘normal’ for me and if there are any changes.  That’s it.

Coming off the medication is a bit scary in case I get ill again.  I also made the mistake of looking up the spelling off Citalopram in Google and finding a lot of posts from other blogs about it being difficult to come off.

I also think it will be interesting to see if Citalopram worked or what difference it’s made to me. It is the same family of meds as Prozac (an SSRI) and they are often described as ‘happy pills’.  I didn’t notice any instant happiness, so maybe I’ll just give up and all will be well?

Here’s my first log:  I feel a bit under the weather with a cough and I’m tired because of being ‘entertainment secretary’ for my 4-year-old during our holidays! My happiness/confidence level at 80 percent.  Anxiety at 7 percent.  Mood 90 percent good.  This is using my own subjective HAM index (Happiness, Anxiety, Mood)!  If you’re giving up the meds to do let me know how you’re getting on.