Missed or extra doses
It's important not to miss any of your doses, as this could make your treatment less effective.
If you do miss 1 of your doses, take it as soon as you remember, unless it's almost time to take your next dose. In this case, you should just skip the missed dose. Don't take a double dose to "make up" for the 1 you missed.
If you take more tablets than prescribed, contact your GP as soon as possible for advice. If this isn't possible, contact your local out of hours service, or call NHS 111. Taking a double dose is unlikely to be harmful, but you should only do so if advised by a medical professional.
You shouldn't suddenly stop taking antidepressants, even if you feel better. Stopping suddenly can lead to withdrawal symptoms, such as:
- stomach upsets
- flu-like symptoms
- sensations in the body that feel like electric shocks
- seizures (fits)
Coming off antidepressants too soon can cause your condition to return. Stopping before you have been taking them for 4 weeks may mean the medicine hasn't had a chance to take effect.
If your GP or mental health specialist decides to stop your course of antidepressants, they'll reduce the dose gradually over a few weeks.