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How can I stop taking antidepressant medications safely?

Antidepressant medications need to be tapered and should only be done with consultation of your doctor. You may feel "great" and think you no longer need a medication for depression or anxiety. You may also feel great because you are on the medication. In many instances, depression or panic symptoms return within three to four months of stopping the antidepressant medication.

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