Can patients with OCD stop taking antidepressants after behavioural therapy?

Tapering is safe following effective exposure and response prevention therapy, clinicians say

Patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder who achieve wellness after exposure/response prevention therapy may be able to safely discontinue antidepressants, a small trial suggests.

Given the lack of guidance on taping agents for obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) post-behavioural therapy, US researchers say their findings could ultimately give patients greater control over their treatment options.

The University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University-led team cautioned, however, that those who