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Psychiatric drugs can have powerful withdrawal effects, and rapid or cold turkey withdrawal can be very dangerous and lead to more severe and long-lasting symptoms. It is therefore important that anyone deciding to withdraw from psychiatric medication tapers off slowly under the supervision of an experienced doctor who is well-informed about withdrawal and who respects the patient’s desire to come off their medication.
Some doctors however are unaware of the potential severity and duration of withdrawal effects, and may misdiagnose these as the return of an underlying disorder or even a new disorder for which more drugs are sometimes prescribed. In these circumstances, patients are advised to seek out a more experienced doctor and/or get in touch with one of the withdrawal charities below.
There are various resources available to help support and educate you (and if necessary your doctor) about the process of coming off. In the UK there are several withdrawal charities set up specifically to help people withdraw from benzodiazepines and z-drugs. Some of these will also help with tapering other prescription drugs, including antidepressants and painkillers:
Many people have found support online through one or more of the withdrawal support groups. These include:
Other helpful online resources include: