The aim of World Tapering Day is to promote:
Low dosage tapering medication being made available for free or at very low cost to everybody who wants to taper psychotropic medication worldwide.
New guidelines for tapering psychotropic meds in which research into personal exerience is incorporated.
Personalized tapering plans and tapering medication to match as an important part of every treatment received by people wishing to taper their psych meds.
Informed Consent and Shared Decision-making being a part of the prescribing and deprescribing process, to help patients explore safe and effective short-term and long-term treatment options.
Better education about dependence and the harm that may be caused by (withdrawing from) psychotropic drugs for both medical professionals and patients.
Safer prescribing and deprescribing practices of all psychotropic drugs.
The World Tapering Day Organisation is not against the use of psychotropic drugs per se. They should, however, be prescribed for a short time only, under regular monitoring.
Safe tapering should be a number one priority for every doctor who prescribes these drugs.
Short term use and individual patient-led Exit Plans PRIOR to prescribing.
Access to safe tapering options and access to proper, well informed support during the taper.
A shift away from medication (the biological approach) and redirection towards social/contextual interventions.
Psychotropic drugs are generally presented as safe and effective, but studies show that approximately 50% of people trying to stop have some trouble withdrawing. Around 50% of those will have severe withdrawal symptoms and long lasting or permanent adverse effects.
We urge medical professionals to acknowledge this and seriously rethink the way psychiatric drugs are prescribed and the protocols currently used for tapering, which are much to fast for many people, causing withdrawal symptoms and sometimes very serious side effects and aftereffects.