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Withdrawal

Many antidepressants cause withdrawal symptoms if stopped too quickly. Learn which medication cause withdrawal and how to taper off them gradually to avoid these symptoms.

How to Taper Off Your Antidepressant
How to taper off your antidepressant and avoid discontinuation symptoms.

Are Antidepressants Addictive?
Can you become addicted to antidepressants? Get the facts here.

Shouldn't I Taper Off First?
Q: My doctor told me to stop taking Effexor and start taking Prozac the next day. Shouldn't I taper off the Effexor first to avoid discontinuation symptoms?

Ask Your Guide: Zoloft Withdrawal
Your guide answers questions about Zoloft withdrawal and SSRIs vs. MAOIs. From your About.com Guide to Depression.

"Brain Shivers"
What you get when you eat ice cream too fast? Not hardly. From your About.com Guide to Depression.

It Might Not Be the Flu!
Feeling like you're coming down with the flu lately? If you've recently discontinued an antidepressant you might actually be going through withdrawal.

Antidepressant Dependency
One interesting assertion this article makes is that antidepressant withdrawal symptoms are often mistaken by patients as a return of depression, leading to them taking more antidepressants and being trapped in a web of dependence upon these drugs.

Antidepressant Discontinuation Reactions
About the growing recognition that antidepressants can indeed cause unpleasant symptoms when discontinued.

Discontinuation Reactions Are Preventable, Easy to Treat
This article states that if patients are made aware of discontinuation reactions and they taper off gradually the symptoms are simple to treat.

Don't Mess With Your Antidepressant
Suddenly stopping can lead to unpleasant side-effects, both physical and psychological.

Effexor XR Side Effects and Withdrawal
"The purpose of this site is to collect and organize user experiences in relation to effectiveness, user satisfaction, side effects, withdrawal and other reactions with an attempt to reduce Effexor prices and hold Wyeth and American Home Products accountable for their actions."

Guidelines for Withdrawal from Antidepressants
These are guidelines for long-term benzodiazepine users who are also taking an antidepressant and wish to withdraw from both medications at the same time.

Prozac Truth
Gives instructions for tapering off meds as well as quite a bit of anti-psychiatry and anti-Prozac literature. They also appear to be selling the supplements which they recommend to take when you taper. The author does cite a handful of journal articles and offers some testimonials. Approach this with caution and discuss it with your personal physician if you are interested in it.

Reports of SSRI Withdrawal Reactions
A table listing the date, researchers who reported it, the antidepressant and a brief summary of the case or cases. Clicking the link at the top of the page will take you to a list of complete citations. This appears to be a very complete listing of all the current scientfic literature on these cases.

Stopping Prozac
I'm planning on stopping Prozac. Do you have any tips or suggestions for how I should do this?

Tapering SSRIs
Provides suggestions for tapering off when you get to the lowest dose and you're still having withdrawal symptoms when you stop.

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