Missed or extra doses
It's important not to miss any of your doses, because this could make your treatment less effective.
If you do miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it's almost time to take your next dose, in which case you should just skip the missed dose. Don't take a double dose to "make up" for the one you missed.
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 SSRIs, 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)
If your GP or mental health specialist decides to stop your course of SSRIs, they'll reduce the dose gradually over a few weeks.