What are the side effects of antidepressants

Antidepressant withdrawal is possible if a person abruptly stops taking antidepressants, particular if one has been taking them for longer than four to six weeks.

Symptoms of antidepressant withdrawal are sometimes called antidepressant discontinuation syndrome and typically last for a few weeks.

Symptoms include anxiety, insomnia, headaches, dizziness, tiredness, irritability, flu-like symptoms, nausea, electric shock sensations or a return of the original depression symptoms.

Mayo Clinic advises how to minimise antidepressant withdrawal symptoms and stated: “Talk with your doctor before you stop taking an antidepressant.

“Your doctor may recommend that you gradually reduce the dose of your antidepressant for several weeks or more to allow your body to adapt to the absence of the medication.”

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