Prescription antidepressants are no small thing to mess with. It is not easy to just stop taking it because it may have unknown side effects. Sometimes people experience dependence or addiction without realizing it happened. Find out a way to switch depression medication safely.
Stopping medication too abruptly can cause a person to suffer from new symptoms as a result. It is not the only way to cope with quitting depression medication. It is critical to consult with a doctor and work closely with them to help achieve better results. This includes:
- Type of medication
- Medical history
- What medication, if any, to switch to
Finding the right medication requires some trial and error. About half the people with depression need a different antidepressant than what they are originally prescribed. Half of people may switch again to a third strategy. It is important to stay in close communication with a doctor. It may be important to slowly wean off a drug, then increase a dosage slowly. Serious side effects can occur if you abruptly stop your medication.
Patience is Key
When you start a new medication, it typically takes a couple weeks before you can accurately tell how effective it is. Full relief can require up to eight weeks of steady use. Continue working with your doctor. Don’t try to do it alone. If new symptoms pop up, a doctor should assess the situation and offer support right away. They can provide:
- Additional support
- Medication changes
- Close monitoring of progress to help you find what’s best going forward
They may be able to recommend other ways to support your journey forward in recovery from any addiction or mental health issues that arise or shift along the way.
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