GPs flying blind on tapering antidepressants, Cochrane review finds

Primary care researchers and psychiatrists have identified key knowledge gaps

GPs face challenges distinguishing between withdrawal symptoms and relapse when discontinuing patients on long-term antidepressants as there is little evidence-based guidance, researchers say.

Emeritus Professor Mieke van Driel.
Emeritus Professor Mieke van Driel.

Cochrane reviewers set out to investigate safe and effective approaches to stopping long-term use of the drugs but found a lack of robust evidence.