no i tapered off very slowly for the citalopram. from 30mg down to 15mg over almost a 2 year period.
Was this your idea, or did your doctor tell you to do it like this? Either way it was a bad idea. The problem is that you shouldn't be on sub therapeutic doses (less than 20mg) for extended periods of time as it can 'train' the brain to ignore the drug. Most people can taper off citalopram by 5mg every 10-14 days with minimal discomfort.
ive been back to 30 for a few months now and no sign of these symptoms easing
It sounds like the citalopram has completely pooped-out on you. Supplementing it with Buspar (buspirone) may get it working again, but it might be better to cut your losses and change to another antidepressant.
i was on the lowest possible dose of xanax - .25mg. i only took 8 or 9 tablets over a 2 week period. i did take notice of the warnings of stopping benzos suddenly but i figured i was on such a low dose over such a short period i didnt see a problem.
You are not dependent on the Xanax, nor do you need to taper off. It isn't causing your problems.