SSRIs are generally considered safe to take long-term, says Maurizio Fava, executive vice chair of the department of psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital.
Is it bad to be on antidepressants for a long time?
Antidepressants, specifically SSRIs which are considered the most tolerable and are therefore the most prescribed, are generally safe to take long-term.
How long is it safe to be on antidepressants?
You may be tempted to stop taking antidepressants as soon as your symptoms ease, but depression can return if you quit too soon. Clinicians generally recommend staying on the medication for six to nine months before considering going off it.
Do antidepressants shorten your life?
The analysis found that in the general population, those taking antidepressants had a 33 percent higher risk of dying prematurely than people who were not taking the drugs. Additionally, antidepressant users were 14 percent more likely to have an adverse cardiovascular event, such as a stroke or a heart attack.
Do antidepressants change your brain forever?
“The fact that antidepressant withdrawal can be so prolonged suggests that the drug has changed the brain and that those changes are taking a very long time to return to normal and it may be the case that sometimes they don’t go back to normal.”
Can antidepressants permanently damage your brain?
We know that antipsychotics shrink the brain in a dose-dependent manner (4) and benzodiazepines, antidepressants and ADHD drugs also seem to cause permanent brain damage (5).
Is it better to be off antidepressants?
Slowly tapering off your antidepressant can help you avoid these symptoms. By gradually reducing the dose of the drug over a period of four or more weeks, you’ll give your body time to adapt before you switch to a new drug. Your answers will help us improve our experience. You’re the best!
Do I really need antidepressants?
Your doctor might suggest that you try antidepressants if: You have tried counselling and lifestyle changes, and they haven’t worked. Your symptoms are bad enough that they interfere with your daily life.
What’s the safest antidepressant?
When the researchers checked which depression drugs were tolerated the best, these topped the list:
- Celexa (citalopram)
- Lexapro (escitalopram)
- Prozac (fluoxetine)
- Trintellix (vortioxetine)
- Zoloft (sertraline)
Do antidepressants affect intelligence?
“Perhaps we should be a bit more cautious than we are at the moment, about who we use antidepressants for. We need more research.” He notes, however, that SSRI’s have been in use for some 25 years and there is no evidence of brain damage or a negative impact on intellectual capacity.