Depression

Frequently Asked Questions

12. I have been taking an antidepressant for a while, and now I am feeling better. Can I stop taking it?

Stopping medication should be done only under a doctor's supervision. Medications need to be gradually stopped to give the body time to adjust.

Sometimes people taking antidepressants feel better and then stop taking the medication on their own, and the depression returns. When you and your doctor have decided it is time to stop the medication, usually after a course of 6 – 12 months, the doctor will help you slowly and safely decrease your dose. Stopping them abruptly can cause withdrawal symptoms.

If your depression is chronic or keeps returning, you may need to stay on the medication for a long time.