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Excellent find and share, @[Su...].  This paper was written by Adele Framer, the founder of Surviving Antidepressants —  an online community that provides support for individuals who wish to discontinue not only antidepressants but also other psychotropic drugs, including benzodiazepines.  The title is:  “What I have learnt from helping thousands of people taper off antidepressants and other psychotropic medications.”  It is well worth a read.  Below is the abstract and full citation.

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Abstract

Although psychiatric drug withdrawal syndromes have been recognized since the 1950s – recent studies confirm antidepressant withdrawal syndrome incidence upwards of 40% – medical information about how to safely go off the drugs has been lacking. To fill this gap, over the last 25 years, patients have developed a robust Internet-based subculture of peer support for tapering off psychiatric drugs and recovering from withdrawal syndrome. This account from the founder of such an online community covers lessons learned from thousands of patients regarding common experiences with medical providers, identification of adverse drug reactions, risk factors for withdrawal, tapering techniques, withdrawal symptoms, protracted withdrawal syndrome, and strategies to cope with symptoms, in the context of the existing scientific literature.

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Framer A. What I have learnt from helping thousands of people taper off antidepressants and other psychotropic medications. Ther Adv Psychopharmacol. 2021 Mar 16;11:2045125321991274. doi: 10.1177/2045125321991274. PMID: 33796265; PMCID: PMC7970174.  Accessed online at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7970174/.

 

 

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