Medical Q&As

Stopping anti-depressants

Is it advisable to come off anti-depressants after taking them for 12 months?

If you feel that you would like to stop taking anti-depressant medication you should discuss this matter with your doctor. Experience shows that in the past many people did not take such medication for long enough. A minimum of three to six months' treatment is now generally recommended for the treatment of significant depression. Many people with depression would need to take medication for at least one year. Stopping your medication suddenly can result in a rebound of the original symptoms. It is necessary to gradually "tail off" some anti-depressant drugs. Modern anti-depressant drugs are much better tolerated than older products and have a very good safety profile with regard to side effects.