Peter Groot, researcher in mental health patient experience, User Research Centre NL, Utrecht University, Netherlands; volunteer, Cinderella Therapeutics Foundation
Antidepressant withdrawal can be a horrible experience — are tapering strips a potential solution?Subscription
New evidence suggests that patients and practitioners can devise a personal schedule for gradually reducing antidepressant medication to limit severe withdrawal symptoms.
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We designed a new way of tapering antidepressants, but why won't the health authorities recognise its value?
When Peter Groot, a researcher in mental health experience, suffered uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms from his antidepressants, he set about developing tapering strips — clever tools to help patients gradually reduce their dose. But, despite their effectiveness, they are yet to take the medical community by storm.