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.
What to do if you want to stop taking antidepressants?
There are no medications recommended to treat withdrawal symptoms. The best way to manage them is to cut the antidepressant dose down gradually, allowing your body time to adjust to each change. The longer you have taken your medication, the slower you might want to cut down.
Is it bad to just stop taking 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 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.
How do you know when you are ready to stop taking antidepressants?
Discontinuation symptoms often include physical complaints that aren’t commonly found in depression, such as dizziness, flulike symptoms, and abnormal sensations. Discontinuation symptoms disappear quickly if you take a dose of the antidepressant, while drug treatment of depression itself takes weeks to work.
Why is it so hard to lose weight after antidepressants?
Antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and atypical antipsychotic drugs seem to alter appetite by inhibiting serotonin-based regulation of the appetite function. A persistent need to eat remains after the stomach is full of food, along with cravings for carbohydrate snacks.
What is the hardest antidepressant to come off of?
- citalopram) (Celexa)
- escitalopram (Lexapro)
- paroxetine (Paxil)
- sertraline (Zoloft)
What happens if you miss one day of antidepressants?
Missed or extra doses
It’s important not to miss any of your doses, as this could make your treatment less effective. You may also get withdrawal symptoms as a result of missing a dose of the medicine. If you do miss 1 of your doses, take it as soon as you remember, unless it’s almost time to take your next dose.
What happens if you take antidepressants and you’re not depressed?
(If a person who isn’t depressed takes antidepressants, they do not improve that person’s mood or functioning – it’s not a “happy pill.”) Rarely, people experience apathy or loss of emotions while on certain antidepressants. When this happens, lowering the dose or switching to a different antidepressant may help.
How long does it take to feel normal after quitting antidepressants?
In most cases, withdrawal symptoms are fairly mild in the first one to three days and may intensify on the fourth or fifth day before they subside and may persist for up to three weeks. If you’re having a relapse of your depression, however, the symptoms may get worse.
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.