How does Outro help minimize my risk of antidepressant withdrawal and relapse?
Outro helps to minimize the risk of withdrawal by relying on the latest science and guidance in this special area of psychiatry. Outro offers a flexible and medically supervised tapering plan, with gradual reductions tailored to you. Your tapering plan is adjusted according to your response to tapering, your personal preference and what is going on in your life.
We utilize hyperbolic tapering, meaning that the dose reductions get smaller and smaller over time. This is based on an understanding of how the drugs affect the brain, which suggests that this method of tapering will minimize disruption to the nervous system and the uncomfortable effects of reducing your dosage.
Outro’s multidisciplinary team uses a holistic approach to ongoing mental health, working with you to reduce the chance of relapse of your original condition. In addition to close clinician guidance throughout your taper, we have a self-guided educational library and the option to add-on psychotherapeutic support, including mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT).
Studies have shown that people who go off antidepressants gradually with psychological support did as well as people who stayed on antidepressants, in terms of relapse (return of the original condition)*.
*Breedvelt JJF, Warren FC, Segal Z, et al. Continuation of Antidepressants vs Sequential Psychological Interventions to Prevent Relapse in Depression: An Individual Participant Data Meta-analysis. JAMA Psychiatry. 2021;78(8):868-875.