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Should I keep taking antidepressants after I start feeling better?

John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
If you’re taking antidepressant medications, continue to do so even when you feel that the depression has lifted. This most likely means that the medications are working. If you feel you want to stop taking the medication, discuss it with your medical provider. Standard treatment guidelines for medication use in depression suggest that once symptoms are completely resolved, you should continue to take antidepressants for a minimum of six months, at the same dose. The continued treatment significantly reduces the likelihood of an acute relapse. After the additional six months of treatment, most people can gradually discontinue taking their medications without serious risk of acute relapse. However, when tapering off antidepressants, it’s essential to do so under medical supervision.
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