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How can I safely stop using antidepressants?

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If you're thinking about stopping your antidepressant therapy, talk to your doctor. Never stop "cold turkey." In many cases, the best way to stop taking most antidepressants is to slowly cut back your dose under the guidance of your doctor. It can help prevent discontinuation symptoms. Your doctor will tell you how to lower your dose over a couple of days. Never try to do this on your own.

SOURCES:

American Medical Association web site: “American Medical News: The Long Goodbye: The Challenge of Discontinuing Antidepressants."

American Family Physician web site: "Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome."

FDA web site: “Understanding Antidepressant Medications.”

Marx, J. , 7th ed. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine

Shelton, R. , 2006. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Mayo Clinic.org web site: “Symptoms from Antidepressant Withdrawal Can Be Reduced by Tapering.”

Haddad, P. , 2007. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment

Help Guide.org web site. “Antidepressants: What You Need to Know About Depression Medications.” 

Andrade, C. , July 2004. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Warner, C. , August 2006. American Family Physician

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 11, 2017

SOURCES:

American Medical Association web site: “American Medical News: The Long Goodbye: The Challenge of Discontinuing Antidepressants."

American Family Physician web site: "Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome."

FDA web site: “Understanding Antidepressant Medications.”

Marx, J. , 7th ed. Rosen’s Emergency Medicine

Shelton, R. , 2006. The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Mayo Clinic.org web site: “Symptoms from Antidepressant Withdrawal Can Be Reduced by Tapering.”

Haddad, P. , 2007. Advances in Psychiatric Treatment

Help Guide.org web site. “Antidepressants: What You Need to Know About Depression Medications.” 

Andrade, C. , July 2004. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

Warner, C. , August 2006. American Family Physician

 

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 11, 2017

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