Postpartum Depression - Medications
Antidepressants are commonly used, usually in combination
with counseling and support.
You may start to feel
better within 1 to 3 weeks of taking antidepressant medicine. But it can take
as many as 6 to 8 weeks to see more improvement. If you have questions or
concerns about your medicines, or if you don't notice any improvement by 3
weeks, talk to your doctor.
Depression: Taking Antidepressants Safely
Depression: Dealing With Medicine Side Effects
Antidepressants are typically
used for at least 6 months, first to treat postpartum depression and then to
prevent a relapse of symptoms. To prevent a relapse, your doctor may recommend
that you take medicine for up to a year before you think about stopping it.
Women who have had several bouts of depression may need to take medicine for a long time.
Can you take antidepressant medicine and breast-feed your baby?
Treating your depression is very important for your baby.
Breast-feeding is good for your baby's health. And it's good for your
baby's bond with you. At best, you will be able to treat your depression
and breast-feed your baby. But if you decide to choose
between taking medicine and breast-feeding, take the medicine.