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Deprescribing antidepressants

04 Nov 2023
Keynote Theatre
Deprescribing antidepressants

Deprescribing antidepressants in the community may be a potential cost- and resource-saving measure, but this is only valuable if the person does not then relapse. This session will cover some of the key issues to consider before deprescribing and how to do it as safely as possible. 1. Why prevention of relapse in depression is important 2. When to consider discontinuing antidepressants, and when not to 3. Why the media publicity suggesting antidepressants are highly addictive and ineffective is detrimental and mostly wrong 4. Why NICE and some other groups are not very helpful about the efficacy of antidepressants 5. Tips for successful antidepressant discontinuing and longer-term follow-up.

Stephen Bazire, Honorary Professor, School of Pharmacy - University of East Anglia

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