Hello and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your query.
Firstly, treatment decisions to stop a medication have to done only after a detailed clinical history and psychological assessment. You have mentioned that you have been diagnosed as Bipolar disorder
, which means that you will need to be on a mood stabilizer
. In case, Epilim
doesn't seem to work for you, you will have to discuss with your doctor about alternative mood stabilizer medication. If you simply stop the Epilim and continue the antidepressant alone, then there is a risk of switching to a manic episode.
Secondly, stoping any psychiatric medication can have some discontinuation symptoms or rebound in the previous psychiatric symptoms. So, even if they are planned to be stopped, this should be done by gradually tapering down the medication. If you feel that your current medication are not suiting you, then please discuss about this in detail with your psychiatrist
, so that alternative treatment strategies can be considered. I would advise you to refrain from stopping any medication on your own.
Wish you all the best.
Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar