Cipralex - can I ever get off it?

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   Posted 9/21/2008 2:21 PM (GMT -6)   
I m not sure what to do anymore. I was taking this drug for a couple years and was not successful coming off on two occasions. I was so darn irritable and angry all the time. Now I did a longer taper and am off, but now I am just an ****** to everyone. This is not who I am.

I wonder now if I just need to be on the medication. I hate the thought of being on something for the rest of my life (i'm 40). I was much nicer to live with on the meds but I wonder if I am still going through symptoms of coming off the medication or if I am just having depressive symptoms. Is this a drug that people can take for 20 years or will I fry my brain? 

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   Posted 9/21/2008 3:21 PM (GMT -6)   

Hi, Welcome to Healing Well. 

No you will not fry your brain with antidepressants, but everyone has their own opinion about that.  The fact of the matter is that once you have take an antidepressant for several years and stopped it then gone back on it and stopped again often times you will find that the medication isnt as effective the second/third time around & that sometimes it is more difficult for you when you go off it on those occations.  The depressive symptoms come back sooner. 

Look, you had to be taking the medication for a reason in the first place right?  How about asking your doctor for something different?  There are many good medications on the market that can help.  You dont have to live your life feeling this way.

Take care and keep posting

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   Posted 9/21/2008 3:31 PM (GMT -6)   


Hello and welcome to HealingWell.  I have welcomed many people and have noticed the different user names,  I have seen some good ones but your is the best in a long time. idea I am glad you still have a sense of humor. smilewinkgrin

According to NAMI to date, there are no known problems associated with long term use of citalopram.  It is a safe and effective medication when used as directed.

Talk with your physician as there are  new meds available now however all the SSRIs may be difficult to wean from and there is that waiting period for them to kick in.

Good Luck and again Welcome.





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   Posted 9/21/2008 3:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Voices,

I just wanted to welcome you to HealingWell. You have come to a good place. Everybody here is so kind and compassionate and I am sure that you have gotten and will get more good advice.

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   Posted 9/22/2008 3:36 AM (GMT -6)   
HI there,

I too, want to welcome you to healingwell. Everyone in this thread has given you some great advice and there isnt really much more I can add so Im not going to waffle but I wanted to welcome you all the same!

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   Posted 9/22/2008 7:47 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks for the replies and welcomes folks. It is appreciated.
And user name was something I thought up a long while back. I am a little eclectic at times an am always doing weird things. I got tired of explaining myself, and thus.....
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