It can take months or years to get off of an antidepressant and some people never succeed notes Prof. Peter Gøtzsche, MD.
Withdrawal symptoms of antidepressants are very similar to those of benzodiazepines, 37 of 42 symptoms were the same, Dr. Gøtzsche notes.
Half of patients say that they are dependent on [addicted to] antidepressants and it is difficult to stop.
In 2003, the W.H.O. reported that fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil) and sertraline (Zoloft) were among the top 30 highest ranking drugs for which drug dependence had ever been reported.
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