When an antidepressant hinders orgasm, another method sometimes recommended for dealing with the problem is to take a "drug holiday," that is, to stop taking the medication for a few days before intercourse and then resume it after intercourse, Assalian noted. He does not, however, recommend this strategy. "It may help the patient's sexual problem," he explained, "but it gives a double message to the patient. On the one hand, we say, ‘Do not stop the antidepressant,’ but on the other hand, we say, ‘You can stop it for a couple of days so you can have sex.’ This is a bad strategy. The patient may go into a discontinuation syndrome because he discontinued the medication abruptly."