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Stopping antidepressants

The Royal College of Psychiatrists (RCP) has recently issued information about stopping the taking of prescribed antidepressants. It covers the following topics: What are antidepressants? What symptoms might you experience when stopping antidepressants and how severe can they be? What causes antidepressant withdrawal symptoms? Who is affected by antidepressant withdrawal symptoms? How can I tell if it is withdrawal symptoms, or my depression/anxiety coming back? Does this mean that antidepressants are addictive or can cause dependence? When and how to stop antidepressants Examples of tapering plans Appendix 1: Risk of withdrawal symptoms with individual antidepressants Appendix 2: Potential types of withdrawal symptoms The provision of this information is a welcome step – one that the RCP’s counterparts in the USA (the…
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