What happens if you stop taking antidepressants for a few days?
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..
How long does it take to feel normal after stopping antidepressants?
Withdrawal symptoms usually come on within 5 days of stopping the medicine and generally last for up to 6 weeks. Some people have severe withdrawal symptoms that last for several months or more. See your doctor if you get severe withdrawal symptoms after you stop taking antidepressants.
Is it hard to get off of antidepressants?
Discontinuing SSRIs can be an extremely difficult process. Studies on long-term use have shown that the longer someone is taking an SSRI, the harder it is to quit.
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 is the hardest antidepressant to come off of?
Hardest-to-Stop Antidepressantscitalopram) (Celexa)escitalopram (Lexapro)paroxetine (Paxil)sertraline (Zoloft)