I've been on 30 mg Celexa for many years now. The symptoms you described are classic discontinuation symptoms. Hopefully you're feeling better now. If not, I might consider increasing the dose and then tapering very slowly. A Google search will yield several different strategies for doing so. Without question it will pass, but it can definitely be very uncomfortable.
Oh, some options for dealing with the anxiety.... Each person is different, but here are some OTC options that work for a large percentage of people:
Theanine - 200 mg once or twice a day. This is the amino acid responsible for the calming effects of green tea. Try to find a product with suntheanine in it, the propriety version from the researchers in Japan who isolated theanine from green tea in the 1950s. Nice calming effect without sedation. Lasts for several hours (research suggests up to 8 hours).
Niacinamide - 500 mg two or three times a day. A variant of the B vitamin, Niacin, that crosses the blood brain barrier. Has a very noticeable tranquilizing effect reminiscent of Valium.
Valerian root - 1-2 grams in the evening for relaxation. Does not put me to sleep but helps me get to sleep by relaxing me so much.
Kava - I've tried this dozens of times without success until I purchased a 90% extract with 175 mg of kavalactones per capsule. Four capsules produce a very palpable calming effect.
Just some ideas! I think the Rx anxiolytics work great, too, but tolerance and rebound anxiety are a big problem with them, so it's nice to have alternatives.
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