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How can a psychiatrist tell the difference between withdrawal and relapse, when coming off medication?
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Dr. Kevin Nasky
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In brief: Depends
Depends on the medication type and the disorder being treated.
Discontinuation symptoms asssoc w/ serotonergic meds can overlap with some anxiety and depression symptoms, making this a valid question. Slow taper off meds, in my experience, minimizes or can entirely eliminate any discontinuation symptoms (which have been rare in my practice, perhaps because I do taper slowly and carefully).

In brief: Depends
Depends on the medication type and the disorder being treated.
Discontinuation symptoms asssoc w/ serotonergic meds can overlap with some anxiety and depression symptoms, making this a valid question. Slow taper off meds, in my experience, minimizes or can entirely eliminate any discontinuation symptoms (which have been rare in my practice, perhaps because I do taper slowly and carefully).
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