What to expect when going off antidepressants?

How long do antidepressant withdrawal symptoms last?

Antidepressant withdrawal is possible if you abruptly stop taking an antidepressant, particularly if you’ve been taking it longer than four to six weeks. Symptoms of antidepressant withdrawal are sometimes called antidepressant discontinuation syndrome and typically last for a few weeks.

What are the side effects of coming off antidepressants?

Withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • restlessness.
  • trouble sleeping.
  • unsteadiness.
  • sweating.
  • stomach problems.
  • feeling as if there’s an electric shock in your head.
  • feeling irritable, anxious or confused.

Will I go back to normal after stopping antidepressants?

Symptoms will usually go away by week 12 of antidepressant use for about 30 percent of those who experience sexual side effects. However, they don’t go away for everyone. In most instances, stopping antidepressants will return a person’s sexual function back to pre-antidepressant levels.

What is the hardest antidepressant to come off of?

Hardest-to-Stop Antidepressants

  • citalopram) (Celexa)
  • escitalopram (Lexapro)
  • paroxetine (Paxil)
  • sertraline (Zoloft)

Which antidepressants have the worst withdrawal symptoms?

People taking Paxil and Effexor often have more intense withdrawal symptoms. These drugs have short half-lives and leave the body faster than drugs with long half-lives. The faster an antidepressant leaves the body, the worse the withdrawal symptoms. This is because of the sudden imbalance of chemicals in the brain.

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How do I wean myself off antidepressants?

Discontinuing an antidepressant usually involves reducing your dose in increments, allowing two to six weeks or longer between dose reductions. Your clinician can instruct you in tapering your dose and prescribe the appropriate dosage pills.

Does the brain heal after antidepressants?

The process of healing the brain takes quite a bit longer than recovery from the acute symptoms. In fact, our best estimates are that it takes 6 to 9 months after you are no longer symptomatically depressed for your brain to entirely recover cognitive function and resilience.

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