How Long Should You Stay On Antidepressants?

How long should you be on antidepressants for?

Psychiatrists suggest staying on the drug for six months to a year after you feel better.

Your response should be checked regularly – at three weeks and then again at three to six monthly intervals.

Doctors can sometimes confuse withdrawal symptoms with a return of depression, and restart the drug..

Do antidepressants ruin your brain?

Research on animals has found that antidepressants can shrink the connections between brain cells and that these don’t grow back after the drugs are stopped.

What if a healthy person takes antidepressants?

They will help you feel like yourself again and return to your previous level of functioning. (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.

What are the long term effects of antidepressants?

During long-term SSRI therapy, the most troubling adverse effects are sexual dysfunction, weight gain, and sleep disturbance.

What is the hardest antidepressant to come off of?

Hardest-to-Stop Antidepressantscitalopram) (Celexa)escitalopram (Lexapro)paroxetine (Paxil)sertraline (Zoloft)

Do I have to be on antidepressants for the rest of my life?

Although it may be tempting to stop medication as your mood lifts, continue taking it for as long as your doctor recommends. Most doctors advise patients to take antidepressants for six months to a year after they no longer feel depressed. Stopping before that time can cause depression to return.

What is the safest antidepressant?

The results showed the most acceptable antidepressants were agomelatine, citalopram, escitalopram, fluoxetine, sertraline, and vortioxetine; least acceptable (ones with the highest dropout rates) were amitriptyline, clomipramine, duloxetine, fluvoxamine, reboxetine, trazodone, and venlafaxine.

Do antidepressants stop working after a while?

If you feel like your antidepressant has stopped working, you’re not alone. It’s common for a medication that once worked wonders to become ineffective, especially if you’ve been taking it for a long time. Symptoms return for up to 33% of people using antidepressants — it’s called breakthrough depression.

Do antidepressants give you fake happiness?

FACT: Antidepressants are often called “drugs” in slang but they have no relation to amphetamines (“uppers”) or euphoria-inducing recreational drugs. Antidepressants are designed to correct imbalances in certain brain chemicals and get you back to feeling like yourself, not merely a happier self.

Does your brain go back to normal after antidepressants?

The process of healing the brain takes quite a bit longer than recovery from the acute symptoms. In fact, our best estimates are that it takes 6 to 9 months after you are no longer symptomatically depressed for your brain to entirely recover cognitive function and resilience.

When should I stop taking 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.

Is it bad to be on antidepressants for a long time?

Long-term antidepressant users are risking permanent damage to their bodies, according to leading medical experts. Dr Tony Kendrick, a professor of primary care at the University of Southampton, says more urgent action needs to be taken to encourage and support long-term users to come off the medication.

How long should you stay on antidepressants for anxiety?

If an SSRI is effective, it is recommended to take the medication for another 6 to 12 months, and then gradually reduce the dose. Research suggests that this lowers the risk of anxiety returning. It’s sometimes difficult to keep taking the medication regularly.

Is it normal to have bad days on antidepressants?

What if I continue having good and bad days? You may be having a partial response to the drug. If you have residual symptoms, your depression is more likely to return. Many people feel so much better with medication that they dismiss such symptoms as just having a “little” trouble sleeping or a “slight” energy problem.

Can you ever get off antidepressants?

Some people with depression stay on their medication indefinitely. Others are able to stop taking it after a period of weeks or months. The best way to stop taking your antidepressant is to slowly taper the medication under a doctor’s supervision.

Do antidepressants permanently change your brain?

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI) such as Prozac are regularly used to treat severe anxiety and depression. They work by immediately increasing the amount of serotonin in the brain and by causing long term changes in brain function.

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.

Do antidepressants affect memory?

Tranquilizers, antidepressants, some blood pressure drugs, and other medications can affect memory, usually by causing sedation or confusion. That can make it difficult to pay close attention to new things. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you suspect that a new medication is taking the edge off your memory.