I would like to stop taking my antidepressant medication but whenever I miss a tablet, I get very dizzy. Is this normal?
It is extremely important you discuss your desire to stop your medication with your doctor – there may be compelling reasons for you to continue your antidepressant or your doctor may want to switch you to a different one. If it is appropriate to try stopping your antidepressant, you may experience ‘discontinuation syndrome’. Dizziness is a symptom of this, as are sleep disturbances, headaches, nausea and agitation. Gradual tapering off of the medication usually significantly decreases the symptoms of discontinuation syndrome. If some symptoms still occur, they will settle within a couple of days.