I was on Celexa for about 2 years, and then switched to Lexapro for about 3 years. Lexapro is considered the "corrected" form of Celexa. Celexa, as you know, is generic now, so its cheap, where as Lexapro is still under patent. I quit the Lexapro cold turkey around 6 years ago. Just didn't feel like I needed it anymore, and haven't been on it since. I don't recall any withdrawal problems in doing so. On the other hand, my wife has been on Celexa for at least 10 years, and everytime she has tried to quit taking it, she becomes an emotional basket case within 24 to 48 hours. Her doctor has advised her to stay on it, and to be honest, it really helps even her moods out, especially being in the midst of menopause.
Some people have more problems with med withdrawals than others. When I have been off of Ambien for short periods of time, I had no ill effects. And more recently, I had the 2 month period post my last surgery, that I stopped taking Loratabs, and had no ill effects after being on it steady for 2 plus years. With the pain meds, all 3 of my doctors have said, that if the body is in pain and needs the meds, there is little risk of addiction. Just my take on the subject.
Age: 58, 56 dx, PSA: 7/07 5.8, 10/08 16.3
3rd Biopsy: 9/08 7 of 7 Positive, 40-90%, Gleason 4+3
open RP: 11/08, on catheters for 101 days
Path Rpt: Gleason 3+4, pT2c, 42g, 20% cancer, 1 pos margin
Incont & ED: None
Post Surgery PSA: 2/09 .05,5/09 .1, 6/09 .11. 8/09 .16
Post SRT PSA: 1/10 .12, 4/8 .04, 8/6 .06, 2/11 1.24, 4/11 3.81, 6/11 5.8
Latest: 6 Corr Surgeries to Bladder Neck, SP Catheter since 10/1/9, SRT 39 Sess/72 gy ended 11/09, 21 Catheters, Ileal Conduit Surgery 9/10