Our expert says:
Maria describes it well. Its always best to wean oneself off gradually on a schedule worked out with your prescribing doc ( and with his agreement that this is a good time to stop - maybe you could have been ready to stop earlier, for instance ).
Its important to understand that proper antidepressants don't have any useful immediate effect - however you're feeling, if you just take one, you will experience no benefits whatever, early or late. Antidepressants need to be taken regularly in the full daily dose recommended by your doc, for a couple of weeks before they show their benefits - they need time to produce complex changes in one's brain chemistry, to achieve that.
With sedatives like valium, you do feel an effect soon after taking them, but they're of no use in treating depression.
Check with your doc, but its probably best to start from your regular dose, and then make a small decrease and keep at that klower dose for some days ; and if you're still feeling fine, make a further decrease for more days, and so on.
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