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About 15% of people who quit antidepressants may experience withdrawal, study finds

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Antidepressant withdrawal symptoms have been quantified in a recent review of 79 studies involving 21,002 participants. The review found that around 15% of those who stopped taking antidepressants experienced withdrawal symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, nausea, insomnia, and irritability. One in 35 participants experienced severe symptoms. The study highlights the importance of understanding the potential risks of discontinuing antidepressants and the need for accurate information for doctors and patients considering such a decision. The review also found that certain medications were more commonly associated with withdrawal symptoms than others.