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Acupuncture for Depression Q&A 10: When and how to reduce the antidepressant when treatment combined with acupuncture?


A: Many researches have indicated acupuncture combined with antidepressant could quick launch the clinical effect, even from the first week of treatment, and can reduce the side-effects of antidepressant, etc. When the patient noticed improvement, and stabilise for 4-6 weeks, it is the good time to gradually reduce the dose of antidepressant, until stop it after 3-6 months. We should notice we are not register medical doctors in the UK, we’d better do not suggest the patient to reduce or even stop antidepressant, but advice the patient to ask their doctors. Most of the doctors are happy to see the improvement of the depression patients and agree to reduce the dose of antidepressant if request.