The right way to stop psychiatric medication (RCPsych Congress 2019)


Here Raj Persaud talks to Professor David Taylor after his keynote talk at the 2019 RCPsych Congress about the right and wrong ways to discontinue psychiatric medication. He explains why antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs should not be stopped abruptly, and outlines the methods that can be used to effectively taper down these drugs with a view to eventual discontinuation.


Date published: 16 July 2019

Presenter: Dr Raj Persaud

Interviewee: Professor David Taylor

Audio running time: 22 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will have gained an understanding of:


  • the relationship between a psychiatric drug's dosage and its effect on the brain


  • the recommended methods of reducing and stopping psychiatric drugs


  • the effects that dose changes can have on a patient.  



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