How long do anxiety patients need medication?

Dr Linda Calabresi

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Dr Linda Calabresi

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Dr Linda Calabresi

It is well-known that when a patient with depression is commenced on antidepressants and they are effective, they should continue them for at least a year to lower their risk of relapse. The guidelines are pretty consistent on that point.

But what about anxiety disorders?

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Batelaan NM, Bosman RC, Muntingh A, Scholten WD, Huijbregts KM, van Balkom AJLM. Risk of relapse after antidepressant discontinuation in anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder: systematic review and meta-analysis of relapse prevention trials. BMJ. 2017 Sep 13; 358: j3927. DOI: 10.1136/bmj.j3927

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