By the way, doctor: How do I quit my antidepressant?

Q. My physician prescribed Celexa for me three years ago when I was upset over a family problem. I'm feeling better, and my situation has changed. I'd like to get off the medication. How do I do that?

A. It's ultimately up to you whether to discontinue the medication, but before you make a final decision, talk to your clinician, unless you already have. For example, if you've had several episodes of depression — rather than just the one you mention here — the medication could help prevent a future episode.

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