Long-term treatment with antipsychotic drugs is currently considered the standard treatment for patients diagnosed with ‘schizophrenia.’ A new study challenges this practice, however. The...
Peer-Support Groups Were Right, Guidelines Were Wrong: Dr. Mark Horowitz on Tapering Off Antidepressants
In an interview with MIA, Dr. Horowitz discusses his recent article on why tapering off antidepressants can take months or even years.
A new article in Lancet Psychiatry finds that slower tapering of SSRIs is better for preventing antidepressant withdrawal effects.
Patient advocates join with researchers and service users to present first-hand experiences of antidepressant withdrawal.
Mixed-Methods study explores the experiences of antipsychotic discontinuation among service users.
Researchers suggest that the pharmaceutical industry had a vested interest in using the term “discontinuation” in order to hide the severity of physical dependence and withdrawal reactions many people experience from antidepressants.
A new update to the NICE guideline for depression suggests providers discuss long-term, severe antidepressant withdrawal symptoms.
In the first systematic review of withdrawal problems that patients experience when trying to get off SSRI antidepressant medications, researchers found that withdrawing from SSRIs was comparable to trying to quit addictive benzodiazepines.
A third of patients who have taken the common psychiatric medication lithium for over ten years have developed "chronic renal failure" from the drug.
Lithium appears to reduce libido and sexual function, and more research into the problem is needed.
A new review of strategies to support both patients and practitioners through the process of discontinuing antidepressants.
A new study by Peter Groot and Jim van Os investigated whether tapering strips can help people stop using antidepressants.
Neuropsychological assessments reveal the cognitive, occupational, and social impact of polypharmacy in psychiatry.
A new study reported on in Medscape, examined risk factors for misuse of benzodiazepines (drugs such as Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin). The researchers found that patients who had been prescribed the medication on an as-needed basis were more likely to end up abusing it than those who had been prescribed a standing dose.
Trials of antidepressants for relapse prevention are confounded by withdrawal effects caused by the drugs.
People who take SSRI antidepressants are twice as likely to have their dental implants fail, according to McGill University researchers. In a press release,...
Researchers interviewed people who were given medical advice to discontinue antidepressants.
Psychiatrist and psychologist outline pharmacological and psychotherapeutic strategies for discontinuing antidepressants.
Researchers find that support and self-care were helpful for users during discontinuation, but that mental health professionals were not very helpful.
A team in the Netherlands is currently investigating the effects of tapering off of antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during pregnancy....
Study examines racial and ethnic disparities in the quality of care for Medicaid-enrolled children starting ADHD medication.
Common scientific beliefs about serotonin levels in depression and how antidepressants act on the brain appear to be completely backwards.
Psychiatrists argue that current practice fails to account for the interaction of biological, psychosocial and iatrogenic factors.
A new study to be published in the next issue of Schizophrenia Research examines patients suffering from a first-episode of psychosis who stop taking any antipsychotic drugs. The researchers attempt to identify variables that can serve as predictors of the successful discontinuation of antipsychotics. They find, for example, that those who discontinue the drugs have, on average, the same outcomes as those who stay on them, and that those who have better social integration are more likely to discontinue without relapse.
People who reduced antipsychotic use by tapering were doing just as well after five years as those who continued using the drugs.