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Frequently asked questions

Are Antidepressants Addictive? 

Doctors generally do not consider Antidepressants to be addictive in the traditional sense. But Antidepressants can cause physical dependence, as evidenced by the withdrawal symptoms stopping or reducing Antidepressant use can cause.

What are the withdrawal symptoms of antidepressants?

Quitting an antidepressant suddenly may cause symptoms within a day or two, such as:

  • Anxiety.
  • Insomnia or vivid dreams.
  • Headaches.
  • Dizziness.
  • Tiredness.
  • Irritability.
  • Flu-like symptoms, including achy muscles and chills.
  • Nausea.

Do antidepressants affect your brain long-term?

Some experts feel that antidepressants are unlikely to create long-term changes in brain chemistry. Evidence suggests that these drugs create brain alterations that last just while the medication is being used or for a few weeks after it is stopped.

Does your brain go back to normal after antidepressants?

The process of healing the brain takes quite a bit longer than recovery from the acute symptoms. In fact, our best estimates are that it takes 6 to 9 months after you are no longer symptomatically depressed for your brain to entirely recover cognitive function and resilience.

How long does antidepressant withdrawal last?

Withdrawal symptoms usually come on within 5 days of stopping the medicine and generally last 1 to 2 weeks. Some people have severe withdrawal symptoms that last for several months or more. See your doctor if you get severe withdrawal symptoms after you stop taking antidepressants.

Do antidepressants affect memory?

Tranquillizers, antidepressants, some blood pressure drugs, and other medications can affect memory, usually by causing sedation or confusion. That can make it difficult to pay close attention to new things. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you suspect that a new medication is taking the edge off your memory.
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