Must I wean slowly off the medicines?
It depends on the medicines you were prescribed. The main group of appetite suppressants may cause fatigue and rebound hunger if the meds are stopped quickly.
Normally we wean the medicines very slowly over a 6-month period. This is the phase we call transition.
Step 1. Take meds two days and skip a day: or skip every Monday and Thursday.
Return to the clinic in 5 weeks.
Step 2. Take meds one day skip the next.
Return to the clinic in two months.
Step 3. Take the meds one day skip the next two.
Return to the clinic in three months.
Sometimes there may be indications for an faster wean off the medicines, examples: need off the meds more quickly because trying to get pregnant.
Here is an accelerated wean. You receive 28 pills.
T = take that day S = skip that day
|Week 1 – 2||T T S T T S T T S T T S
(take two days, skip a day)
|Week 3 – 4||T S T S T S T S T S T S
(take one day, skip a day)
|Week 5 +||T S S T S S T S S T S S
(Take one day, skip two days and continue until out of pills)