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Thread: Coming off Cital after 2 years on 20mg

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    Coming off Cital after 2 years on 20mg

    Ok, so I've had the best 12 months out of the last 18 years.
    I want to stop, so after reading lots of threads on the subject, I'm taking 10mg tonight instead of the usual 20mg.

    I'll post a daily diary to keep you updated, and to give me some perspective on it.

    Take care x

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    Re: Coming off Cital after 2 years on 20mg

    Good news mate

    Are you doing it with the doctor (that sounds well ..lol.) I know a lady who has been on them for 5 years .

    I,ve been on them since early January and have been told i will be on them for six months .

    Good luck mate , i,m sure you won,t need it
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    Re: Coming off Cital after 2 years on 20mg

    good luck, hope goes well, ive reduced from 40mgs now till 25g, and sunday i am going for 20mgs , ive been on cit 2.5 yrs , this is my 2nd attempt to come of them as i think i went to quick last time hence reducing in 5mgs instead of 10mg as side effects were to much. still have side effects but easier 2 manage an dare i say it im feeling a bit more normal and not as numb to everything around me!

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    Re: Coming off Cital after 2 years on 20mg

    Well this is the second day on 10mg. Doing a fair bit of yawning. Feel a little more awake than usual. More aware of my surroundings also.

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    Re: Coming off Cital after 2 years on 20mg

    Hi mate, I came off cold turkey from 30mg and it's been 2 months of ups and downs. All I can say is definitely come off slowly and be prepared to keep taking the medication if you feel you need it. I have experienced a lot of good things since coming off cit but I've also had two bad blips including a major anxiety attack last week - so be prepared that it isn't all rosey!
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    Re: Coming off Cital after 2 years on 20mg

    This is day five. Been having the usual crazy dreams (like I'm there)
    Waking up 4 or 5 times per night. Yawning at work, being very tired.
    But the great news is, no anxiety, blips or other bad news.

    Take care

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    Re: Coming off Cital after 2 years on 20mg

    Having read a lot of peoples' experiences on NMP and other websites it seems like most of the effects of discontinuation are physical, as you've experienced. I have had blips but I beat the first and now seem to be coming round from the second so don't worry too much if you do have any kind of setback, it's par for the course apparently.
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    Re: Coming off Cital after 2 years on 20mg

    Day 10: been on 10mg for ten days. More awake/aware, same sleeplessness, no anxiety.
    Crazy dreams are the 'norm'.
    i'll take 10mg for one more week, then reduce to 5mg.

    Take care x

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    Re: Coming off Cital after 2 years on 20mg

    Glad to hear it is going well. I started cutting down in January from 20mg to 15mg - did that for a month and have now cut down to 10mg like you. I have been doing this for about three weeks and so far so good! My plan is to cut down to 5mg in a couple of weeks time so I will be interested to see how you get on!

    Best of luck

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    Re: Coming off Cital after 2 years on 20mg

    Update.

    I tried to come off them too quick. I would say at least a MONTH for each change in dosage. Also different brands of pill seem to have different affects. Activis isn't as good for me.

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