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How long does it take to feel normal after stopping antidepressants?

I am a 31 year old male. I want to know how long does it take to feel normal after stopping antidepressants?

7 Answers

Excellent question! It really depends on many many things. It includes which medicine you were taking, the duration you were taking the medication, how quickly you lowered the medicine to zero, and your overall physiologic health. Generally, most people feel back to normal within a couple of months. Of course, that’s assuming that the medication was not taken for many many years, and was not abruptly stopped. If you were still experiencing discomfort emotionally or physically, would strongly encourage you to talk with your psychiatrist. Quality of life comes first. Lots of hope!

Lance Steinberg MD, Inc.
Assistant Clinical Professor
UCLA (Geffen) NPI
What do you mean by normal? You should have been feeling normal when taking antidepressants.
If you've taken the drug for more than a month at a therapeutic dose Taper
off the antidepressant over 10 days then one month.
It is hard to answer this question without knowing that if it was your first 2nd or 3rd episode of depression and how long did you take the antidepressant, the dose and the name of antidepressant.
It can be as long as 4-6 weeks. It depends on how gradually you stopped.
Depends on meds and past history and family history
It depends on which antidepressant you are trying to discontinue. Depending on the medication, some are longing acting then others. It also depends, on how long you have been on the medication. I do not recommend stopping the medication on your own without discussing it with the prescriber. Some shorter acting medication, may have a withdrawal syndrome, ie, headache, nausea, dizziness, insomnia, and the risk of worsening depression.