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Discontinuing medicines in depression and anxiety

This CPD module aims to help the pharmacy team talk to patients looking to discontinue an antidepressant.

Learning objectives

After completing this module, pharmacy technicians will be able to:    

  • Respond with confidence to patients who ask about stopping their antidepressant
  • Describe the updated NICE principles on stopping antidepressants 
  • Understand the tapering process used to discontinue antidepressants. 

Contributing author: Ami Hale, MPharm, PgDip and Nana Tomova MPharm, PgDip, MRes Pharmacist Independent Prescribers and Lead Pharmacists, Mental Health Community Teams, Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust. 

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