Our expert says:
I have never in my entire life come across any situation in which I considered Espiride an appropriate or useful treatment for anything, so I have absolutely no experience of using it or withdrawing it. And I don't find it listed in the best psych textbooks as a treatment recommended for anythin.
It seems oddly ppular in South Africa, especially among GP's of the generation that received little or no good training in psychiatry while at medical school.
You don't seem to be describing any benefits from taking them - but anyhow one should try to avoid suddenly stopping any medication that affects one's brain / mind. So a gradual reducation and stopping is always wise, as appears to have been recommended to you. Go back to the last dose at which you felt OK, and then after a few days a that level, start the gradual reduction recommended.
This drug is NOT an official antidepressant. It sounds as though you are being treated by a GP. While Gp's can handle many straight-forward cases of depression, or anxiety, if there are ANY complications or problems, you should rather se a psychiatrist for a careful and expert re-assessment and a discussion of treatment options.
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