Coming off psychiatric drugs

Explains issues faced when coming off medication, how to approach it, techniques for gradual reduction, possible withdrawal symptoms and how to tell the difference between withdrawal and relapse.

Your stories

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Useful contacts

Battle Against Tranquillisers (BAT)

0844 826 9317
Information and support for those coming off tranquillisers and sleeping pills.
Information on benzodiazepine and z-sleeping pill addiction and withdrawal, with detailed dosing schedules.

Bipolar UK

0333 323 3880
Support for people with bipolar disorder, including a network of self-help groups.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)

01455 88 33 00
Details of local counselling and psychotherapy practitioners.

Complementary and Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC)

020 3178 2199
Register of regulated complementary therapists.

Supportive online community for people with mental health problems.

Patient information leaflets and summaries of drug characteristics.

Hearing Voices Network
Self-help groups for those who hear voices.

Mad in America
Critical articles about different aspects of psychiatric medication, including information on coming off.

No Panic

0844 967 4848
Support and information for people with anxiety problems.

Rethink Mental Illness

0300 5000 927
Advice, information and support groups for people with mental health problems.

Seroxat & SSRI User Group
For people who are taking or withdrawing from paroxetine (Seroxat).

Surviving Antidepressants
Peer support online for coming off antidepressants.

The Icarus Project
American project which publishes the Harm Reduction Guide to Coming off Psychiatric drugs on their website.

Turning Point
Recovery services for people with substance misuse problems and mental health issues.

This information was published in July 2016. We will revise it in 2019.

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