Our expert says:
Firstly, nasty side-effects from rapidly stopping ADs are fortunately not compulsory, but its worth avoiding them and reducing the risk. The aim is to reduce the dose gradually, so one's brain chemistry can re-adjust more gradually, rather than a sudden stop. One can plan this depending on the dose we're taking and the format of the med - a capsule needs to be taken at gradually increasing intervals, because they're not practical to break or subdivide ; tablets can be broken in half, sometimes ever 1/4s, depending on the dose and shape. With piquid meds, its easier to subdivide even more delicately, though rarely needed.
There's room for fairly wide variations, and no one-size fits all compulsory approach. You can reduce a dose in amount, and by increasing the time between doses. If right after any particular step down you find any bothersome effects, go back to the last reduced dose that was comfortable for a cou0ple more days, and then take that same step down again.
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