Discontinuing an SSRI antidepressant - has anyone done this?
I've bounced around a few dosages for the past 5 years and have been on 10 mg of Escitalopram for the past 2. I'm trying to wean myself off it because the reasons(s) I sought help for depression are not acute, and are behind me. The concept of being on this medication forever because I couldn't function during an episode of my life is unacceptable to me.
My physician told me to halve the dose for 2 weeks, then discontinue. I find myself frequently agitated/argumentative now that I'm not taking it - and since we're a bubble of 2 it's becoming an issue. I told DH that I decided to taper off of it, and that I am self aware of my mood swings, so he understands what's going on but every now and then will tell me to "go take a pill" (and I have no sense of humor at the moment).
I know I can talk to my physician again, but I'd like to hear what other people have experienced successfully weaning themselves from this kind of medication.