You may be tempted to stop taking antidepressants as soon as your symptoms ease, but depression can return if you quit too soon. Clinicians generally recommend staying on the medication for six to nine months before considering going off antidepressants.
How do you know when to come off antidepressants?
Current recommendations for reducing the dose of an antidepressant are:
- If treatment has lasted less than eight weeks, stop over 1-2 weeks.
- If a treatment has lasted 6-8 months, cut down over 6-8 weeks.
What happens if you don’t wean off antidepressants?
It might seem like you don’t need the medication anymore, but if you stop taking it, the medicine will leave your body and your symptoms might return. Quitting without consulting your doctor can be life-threatening. Suicide is a serious concern. It can also trigger withdrawal symptoms and relapse of your depression.
Will I ever get off antidepressants?
The symptoms from weaning off antidepressants are, for the most part, mild and will go away over time. In a sample of more than 250 people who stopped taking antidepressants, 20 percent reported stopping to be “very easy,” while a little more than 50 percent said it was “fairly easy.”
What is the hardest antidepressant to come off of?
- citalopram) (Celexa)
- escitalopram (Lexapro)
- paroxetine (Paxil)
- sertraline (Zoloft)
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.
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.
Can Ssris permanently change brain?
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) such as Prozac are regularly used to treat severe anxiety and depression. They work by immediately increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain and by causing long term changes in brain function.
Is it bad to be on antidepressants for a long time?
Long-term antidepressant users are risking permanent damage to their bodies, according to leading medical experts. Dr Tony Kendrick, a professor of primary care at the University of Southampton, says more urgent action needs to be taken to encourage and support long-term users to come off the medication.
Does depression come back after stopping antidepressants?
Take your time. You may be tempted to stop taking antidepressants as soon as your symptoms ease, but depression can return if you quit too soon. Clinicians generally recommend staying on the medication for six to nine months before considering going off antidepressants.
How long can SSRI withdrawal last?
Those who took antidepressants in higher doses for a longer time have more intense symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms typically persist for up to three weeks. The symptoms gradually fade during this time. Most people who quit taking their antidepressants stop having symptoms after three weeks.