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Antidepressant discontinuation reactions

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 11 April 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:1105

Authors have updated their views

Haddad et al appear to have now altered their conclusion about the significance of antidepressant discontinuation reactions. In a letter to the Lancet they admit that such reactions are common.1 They propose routine evaluation of discontinuation reactions in all new psychotropic medications. Such research is important for evaluation of the issue of reliance on psychotropic medication.

1. Young A, Haddad P. Discontinuation symptoms and psychotropic drugs. Lancet 2000; 355:1184 [Full text]

Competing interests: No competing interests

02 April 2000
D B Double
Consultant Psychiatrist
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