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A 61-year-old female asked:

i have been on the same snri for fifteen years and have to take it for the rest is f my life. will it continue to work?

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Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
Depression: I understand your concern You do not need to take SSRI Medication for rest of your life if you do not have 3 Episodes of Major Depression, even that can change with Therapy by a Psychiatrist, gradual withdrawal of SSRI Medication, Breathing and Music Relaxation. Balanced Diet, Yoga, Meditation, good sleep, Nature walks, daily exercise and Tai Chi will also decrease need for Medication..
Dr. Krishna Kumar
Psychiatry 55 years experience
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The answer is for both SNRI and SSRI Medications.
Nov 12, 2015

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A 61-year-old female asked:

I have been on the same snri for fifteen years and must stay on it for the rest of my life. Will it eventually stop working?

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Dr. Robert Olsen
Psychiatry 51 years experience
Possibly not.: The risk of relapse is highest in the first five years the levels out gradually at about 40% after 5 years. But the risk of relapse is dependent on other factors including personal illness particularly endocrine illness, malignancy, even severe viral illnesses. keeping in regular followup with your prescribing physician is a good way to catch beginning relapse.

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