May 4, 2021 at 5:32 am

New Study Spotlights SSRI Withdrawal Challenges

Cochrane researchers found that most studies of antidepressant withdrawal “were unable to distinguish between a genuine relapse of depression and withdrawal from the tablets.”

Akathisia can be one component of post antidepressant withdrawal syndrome and consumers “might experience disturbing feelings, tell their GP they don’t feel well enough to stop the medication and get another script. This pattern can continue for years and even decades.”

“Prof van Driel said long-term usage of antidepressants should be avoided wherever possible, with the medication linked to a range of adverse consequences. Weight gain, emotional numbing, sexual dysfunction, sleep disturbance and gastrointestinal bleeding are among the side effects.”