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20 May 2013
I was prescribed 20mg Citalopram for anxiety and depression in March 2012. I took this drug for one year without any real problems until about four months ago when I tried to taper the dose down on my own initiative because I felt the medication was making me tired. I decreased the dose from 20mg to 15mg and then down to 10mg. As soon as I hit 10mg I started having severe OCD symptoms and my anxiety levels peaked. I feel so mentally confused that I don’t feel anymore that I understand my OCD condition or my general anxiety. I have been in terror because of this confusion. I believe that by tapering the citalopram down too quickly I may be experiencing SSRI withdrawal syndrome. Even though I recommenced the original dose of citalopram 20mg my OCD symptoms and my anxiety symptoms have not improved. Yesterday I took the first dose of 50mg Sertraline prescribed by my doctor. If I decide not to continue with Sertraline is it ok for me to go back straight away to my original dose of 20mg Citalopram? I felt more confused about my OCD condition on Sertraline. I have only taken the Sertraline for one day.