Should I go off my antidepressants?
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.
An antidepressant needs time to work.
You may need to take it for 1 to 3 weeks before you start to feel better and for 6 to 8 weeks before you feel much better..
What does SSRI withdrawal feel like?
The most common symptoms of SSRI discontinuation syndrome are described as either being flu-like, or feeling like a sudden return of anxiety or depression. 1 They include: Dizziness. Vertigo.
What is the hardest antidepressant to withdraw from?
Hardest-to-Stop Antidepressantscitalopram) (Celexa)escitalopram (Lexapro)paroxetine (Paxil)sertraline (Zoloft)Sep 8, 2020
Which antidepressant has least withdrawal symptoms?
Fluoxetine, which has the longest half-life of the SSRIs (see Table 1), appears to produce the fewest withdrawal symptoms, while paroxetine, which has the shortest half-life, produces the most pronounced discontinuation effects.
Which type of antidepressant medication has the most severe side effects?
Overall, citalopram appears to be the best-tolerated SSRI, followed by fluoxetine, sertraline, paroxetine, and fluvoxamine. The latter 2 drugs are associated with the most side effects and the highest discontinuation rates because of side effects in clinical trials.
How long do antidepressant withdrawal symptoms last?
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.