The best reason to stop taking your antidepressant is because you feel better and you and your doctor believe that you will stay well after you stop taking it. If you plan to stop your medicine, talk with your doctor first about how to do it safely. You may need to stop slowly over time.
Is it okay to stop taking antidepressants?
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.
How long does antidepressant withdrawal last?
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. There are many factors that affect how long withdrawal symptoms last.
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?
- citalopram) (Celexa)
- escitalopram (Lexapro)
- paroxetine (Paxil)
- sertraline (Zoloft)
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.
What are the side effects when coming off antidepressants?
Stopping or coming off antidepressants
- trouble sleeping.
- stomach problems.
- feeling as if there’s an electric shock in your head.
- feeling irritable, anxious or confused.
Do you lose weight after coming off antidepressants?
So if weight gain is caused by the medication, then weight loss should follow its discontinuation. And it does, for many people: Once the medication is out of the body, normal appetite returns, fatigue diminishes, and the patient returns to eating and exercising normally.
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 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 when you stop taking anti anxiety medication?
If you abruptly stop taking your medication, you may experience severe withdrawal symptoms such as: Increased anxiety, restlessness, shaking. Insomnia, confusion, stomach pain. Depression, confusion, panic attacks.