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A 25-year-old male asked:

I stopped taking my medications over a month ago and have had no relapse, withdrawals, or any symptoms. how long until i can switch medications? i was previously on abilify, (aripiprazole) wellbutrin, and straterra.

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Holmberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
23 years experience
Self-manger: Reach out and talk with your prescribing doc! while it depends on how much meds, how long and your body's metabolism and fat stores, most psychotropic medicines are used/disposed by the body in a few weeks. As a rule, self managing medications is not a good idea. If your meds aren't working let your prescribing doctor know before you make changes, especially around stopping & starting meds.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 43 years experience
It depends: If you stopped taking your medications a month ago, i hope this was a mutual decision between you and your physician. I don't know what conditions you were being treated for, since these medicines could be used in different ways. Conditions do not have to relapse immediately for you to be in danger of that possibility. Your doctor is the best person to answer your question.
Dr. Judith Tellerman
Clinical Psychology 43 years experience
This medication should be managed by a Psychiatrist. Please let your Doctor know about any side effects. If you are not confident in your Doctor please see another for a second opinion.
Last updated May 27, 2022

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