Higher risk of withdrawal syndrome linked to some common antidepressants, study finds

Antidepressant medications can be an effective treatment for depression and other mental health conditions, but it is important to be aware of the potential risks and side effects associated with these medications. One potential risk is the development of withdrawal symptoms when stopping the medication.


Withdrawal syndrome, also known as antidepressant discontinuation syndrome, can occur when a person who has been taking an antidepressant medication suddenly stops taking the medication or reduces their dosage too quickly. Symptoms of withdrawal syndrome can vary but may include flu-like symptoms, sleep disturbances, dizziness, and irritability.

A recent study has found that some common antidepressant medications may be associated with a higher risk of developing withdrawal syndrome compared to others. It is important to discuss the potential risks and benefits of any medication with a healthcare professional and to follow their recommendations for safely starting or stopping any medication.

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