Question: Are Antidepressants Addictive NHS?

Is it OK to stay on antidepressants forever?

In general, doctors recommend that people stay on an antidepressant at least one year to experience the full benefits.

Beyond that, when — and whether — you should to go off depression medication is a personal choice that requires serious thought..

What are the long term effects of antidepressants?

Some recent studies have suggested serious potential risks. People who used antidepressants had a 14% higher risk of heart attacks and strokes and a 33% greater risk of death, according to findings in a meta-analysis of 17 studies that was published in 2017 in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

What is the safest antidepressant?

Escitalopram and sertraline stand out. Bupropion, citalopram, escitalopram, and sertraline were better tolerated than the other antidepressants. Escitalopram and sertraline were found to have the best combination of efficacy and acceptability.

What is the hardest antidepressant to withdraw from?

Hardest-to-Stop AntidepressantsCelexa (citalopram)Lexapro (escitalopram)Paxil (paroxetine)Zoloft (sertraline)

What does SSRI withdrawal feel like?

What People Experience. 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.

Why you should stop taking 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.

How long does it take to get off antidepressants?

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.

How do you know when to get off antidepressants?

When Should I Come Off My Antidepressant? 6 Things to ConsiderA history of three or more episodes of major depression.A history of severe depressive symptoms.Current dysthymia (chronic low-grade depression)A family history of mood disorders.Current anxiety disorder.Substance abuse.Incomplete response to continuation treatment.A pattern of seasonal depressive symptoms.