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Comming Off Antidepressants? How to do it Safely

Updated on February 02, 2017


Detoxing from antidepressants can be a difficult and unpleasant experience, for many people. Antidepressants are used to alleviate mood disorders like anxiety, depression, and social anxieties. Depression and anxiety is a very real battle for many people. More people than ever before are on medication for depression and anxiety.

Anxiety and depression can be an extremely difficult struggle for many. There are definitely legitimate reasons for the use of antidepressants, such as postpartum depression, chemical imbalance or situational depression like from the loss of a child or loved one.

Whatever the reason for your taking antidepressants, there may come a time when the product is not working for you or you simply want to stop taking the medication.

Detoxing from Antidepressants

Warning: Never come off lexapro, or any medication prescribed for depression, without the approve of your physician!

When detoxing from antidepressants is the process of a gradual reduction of medication until it is not longer taken.

When tapering off many antidepressant, there can be very unpleasant side effects, such as sleeplessness, jaw pain and brain zaps, that feel like a mild jolt of electricity passing through the brain.

It is never advised you come off of any antidepressants medication cold turkey. There is a proper way to taper off this type of medication safely with less uncomfortable side affects.

These uncomfortable symptoms can cause unsuccessfully detox and a return to medication.

Safely Come Off Antidepressants

Preparing your Body

It is important to prepare your body and mind for the changes that will take place when you stop taking Lexapro or other drugs that treat depression and anxiety. Omega 3 fish oil: This actually helps to lift your mood and helps with depression. It can also help with uncomfortable symptoms that occur when you stop taking SSI medications.

Some people complain of something users call brain shock, which feels like an uncomfortable shot buzzing in the head. Omega three also helps calm the mind and body.

Vitamin B Complex: This helps with evening the mood, helps to improve concentration, relieve stress, irritability, and anxiety which can be present when detoxing. Vitamin B also helps to rebuild and repair the nervous system.

Adjusting your diet: Before you begin to taper off antidepressants, start to cut out artificial stimulants like as coffee, energy drinks, sugar and caffeinated soda. These substances elevated the mood and then result in an emotion and physical crash, which you don't need to add to your present challenge.

Drink Alkaline water: Alkaline water is excellent for its detoxifying and hydrating properties. If you can find it at your local health food store, purchase a gallon or two to help remove toxins and diminish uncomfortable symptoms.

Natural Alternatives to Antidepressants


The use of essential oils and aromatherapy can be helpful in reliving stress and used for therapeutic purposes such as headaches, depression, anxiety and healing through therapeutic massage.

Use essential oils in your bath, your car and in your bedroom to help with the stressful process of tapering and in cosmetics. You can also place a few drops of essential on your temples or wrists.

The Power of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy

The Tapering Process

Always speak to your doctor when deciding to taper off any antidepressant. He will tell you, whether or not it is a good idea. Your doctor will usually suggest beginning with halving your dosage for several days, then quartering the dosage and so on until you are completely off. While tapering, you may be unable to sleep well at night. This may be one of the most difficult symptoms when coming off an antidepressant .

One gram of Melatonin can help to regulate your sleep cycle and help you to sleep in the evening. Melatonin is also very good or managing jet lag. You will find it helpful to drink Kangen water, which will help to detoxify and hydrate your brain and body. Alkaline water, can also help with other uncomfortable side effects and can help speed up the detoxification process.


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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Granny, don't forget they come in different strengths.

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      I tried St. Johns Worth. Did nothing for me.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      There are many side affects from antidepressants. The problem is have to go through several of them to find one you can tolerate. You can always take the herbal, St. John's Wort when necessary.

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      Granny's House 6 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      2besure. I used weed to get off antidepressants.

      I told the doctor I was having bad side affects from the one I was on. He kept telling me that he had never heard of the side effect I was having.

      Today drug free. Dealing with problems as they come on my own. A little harder, but I would rather be drug free.

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      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Interesting and very informative hub.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Yes, I agree RT. I believe doctors also get kick back when they refer patients to new medications.

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Good input. The number of people who depend on this stuff is shocking.

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