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Finding the Right Depression Medicine for You

Unfortunately, finding the right medicine and the right dose isn't always simple. People have very different reactions to these drugs. There's no way for your doctor to predict how well a medicine will work for you. You may even find that a medicine that used to help just doesn't anymore.

You may have to put up with some trial and error. While antidepressants begin to show significant effects within a few weeks, it can take several months before you feel the full effects of a new drug, so don't give up. Over time, your doctor may want to increase or decrease the dose, depending on how you're doing.

If you've given a depression drug a chance and it still isn't helping, talk to your doctor. Your doctor may recommend that you try another antidepressant. With time, you should be able to find a medicine that helps.

Don't ever stop taking a medicine without your doctor's approval, even if you're feeling better. Stopping a medicine suddenly can trigger a relapse or, with some antidepressants, flu-like symptoms and nausea or dizziness caused by sudden discontinuation of the drug.

Your doctor will want you to check in on a regular basis, especially soon after starting a new medicine, to see how you're doing and monitor the effects of medication. Take advantage of these appointments to talk about any issues you have with your medication.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg, MD on February 11, 2014
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