Antipsychotics - Stopping
What if I want to stop taking antipsychotics?
If you want to stop taking antipsychotics, you should discuss this with your doctor. Your doctor should help you come off the medication gradually by reducing the dose over a period of time. If you or your family or friends think you are becoming unwell again, you should speak to your doctor.
You may find that stopping your medication can lead to your symptoms returning within 3-6 months. Your doctor may suggest that you keep taking the medication because it is keeping you well. If this is the case you could ask about trying another type of medication.
If you stop antipsychotics suddenly it can cause 'rebound psychosis'. This means that the symptoms of your illness return suddenly and you may become unwell again.
You cannot be forced to take medication unless you are detained under the Mental Health Act or do not have the capacity to make the decision under the Mental Capacity Act.
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