Are antidepressants addictive?

No, antidepressant medications are not addictive, but questions have arisen about addiction because some antidepressants, in some patients, cause “discontinuation reactions” when the medication is stopped. These reactions are particularly uncomfortable when the drug is discontinued “cold turkey” rather than slowly discontinued over days or weeks. These reactions are caused by the brain getting used to the drug-free state, and the symptoms usually last seven to ten days at most. When a drug is addictive, the individual experiences craving (a strong desire to take the drug) and the drug usually causes euphoria, also known as a “high.” Antidepressants do not cause drug cravings and do not produce euphoria.