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Saturday, March 21, 2009 Magoo, Community Member, asks

Q: going off celexa

I need advise for going off Celexa. I have been off a week and I feel awful. Is this normal.  Very sad and flu like symtoms.  I ent from 20 to 10 to 5

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Paul, Community Member
3/22/09 10:19am

You may want to talk with your doctor about what schedule he thinks you should follow to discontinue this drug.

I couldn't find any particular schedule only what you might feel from a "rapid discontinuation." I know, define that.  Only your doctor can. The below quote is from this source:


"Withdrawal symptoms have been reported following rapid discontinuation of therapy. If treatment is to be discontinued or the dose reduced, gradually taper the dose and monitor patient for withdrawal symptoms (eg, abnormal skin sensations, agitation, anxiety, confusion, dizziness, dysphoric mood, emotional lability, headaches, hypomania, insomnia, irritability, lethargy). If significant withdrawal symptoms develop, reinstitute previous dosing schedule and attempt a less rapid tapering regimen after patient has stabilized."

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By Magoo, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/27/10, First Published: 03/21/09