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      Frequently Asked Questions About Celiac Disease   09/30/2015

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I have been taking an anti anxiety pill for about a year and a half. It is citalopram. I've heard that celiacs causes anxiety. I was wondering if I should talk to my doctor about stopping it but since my bloodwork ca,e back neg. and I'm self diagnosed I didn't know if he'll believe I should come off it :(

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I am also self diagnosed and currently on citalopram- whether you stay on them is entirely up to you and how you feel so I don't personally think anyone can tell you when it is the 'right' time to come off them.

For me personally I'm giving the diet a chance to settle in before putting my stomach through the withdrawal symptoms but at the end of the day only you know how you feel.

Hope that helps and all the best for your recovery!

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Go ahead and talk to your doctor about it. DO NOT just stop taking the med without talking to your doctor first. You may need to taper off the drug. Tapering would also, I think, let you know if your anxiety med is still needed. For some of us anxiety resolves gluten-free but for others the diet doesn't make much difference.

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I agree with Raven

and if you decide to come off the meds, I STRONGLY suggest slowly tapering off the meds. I tried low dose xanax for a few months (while still sick and undiagnosed and it did not really help me much, so I stopped it cold turkey. Not wise.)

Coming off anti-anxiety meds will produce withdrawal symptoms and can sometimes create "rebound anxiety".

I developed severe anxiety while ill from celiac/gluten, but it has disappeared :) and only returns slightly with a glutening. My doc gave me a low dose of xanax to keep in the house just in case.

For many people, the gluten-driven anxiety resolves. For others, it lingers.

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I had such depression and anxiety that I was almost suicidal. My Dr have me Cymbalta, that I think helped me amazingly.However, I since learned that gluten can be a neuro toxin, so last December I decided to try tapering off and I am OK. Actually better than OK. It may be worth a try but please please please make sure your Dr knows and even alert loved ones in case there are changes in your personality.

All the best!

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Thanks for the replies! You're definitely right on the tapering off. I'll talk to my dr. I hope it goes away with new diet! :D

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