A new study conducted by an international team of researchers suggests that patients should be tapered off antidepressants medication over months or years.
The research study dismisses the preconceived notion that four weeks period to quit antidepressants is sufficient and the withdrawal symptoms are due to underlying mood problems. The new study suggests for a long time period of several months to a year to be taken in consideration for quitting antidepressant smoothly.
The result of the new study was published in the journal lancet Psychiatry on March 5, 2019. It advocates for a responsible withdrawal regimen, which have to be designed over months or year time frame, instead of the current over four weeks.
Mark Horowitz, clinical research fellow at the UK National Health Service and co-author of the study, said: “Many people have to pull apart their capsules and reduce the dosage bead by bead. We provided the science to back up what they’re already doing.”
Previously, various studies conducted regarding antidepressants quitting drawbacks have showed that people experienced severe withdrawal symptoms during the procedure. A study conducted in Japan in 2010 suggested that around 78% of patients experienced severe withdrawal symptoms.
The new study is supported by other researchers who say that the recommended guidelines in the paper are the same that they have observed while treating their patients. Dee Mangin, the chair of family medicine at McMaster University in Canada, said, “It’s almost identical to the tapering regimen I use.”
It will be advisable for people to follow a lengthened regimen, who are trying to quit antidepressants.
Dennis Nordstrom was born and raised in Tampa. Dennis has worked as a freelance journalist for nearly a decade and written for Tribune Media, the AP and MSNBC. As a journalist for Gator Ledger, Dennis mostly covers community events and human interest stories.