Depression - Medicines
Antidepressant medicines may improve or
completely relieve the symptoms of
depression. Whether you need to take medicine depends on your symptoms. You and your doctor can decide if you need medicine and which medicine is right for you.
Antidepressant medicines work in different ways. No
antidepressant works better than another, but different ones work better or
worse for different people. The side effects of antidepressant medicines are
different and may lead you to choose one instead of another.
may have to try different medicines or take more than one to help your
symptoms. Most people find a medicine that works within a few tries. Other
people take longer to find the right one and may need to take the
antidepressant and another type of medicine, such as an antiseizure, mood
stabilizer, antipsychotic, or antianxiety medicine.
and your doctor will decide if you need medicine, what things you'll need to
think about if you need medicine, and which medicine is right for you.
- Depression: Should I Take an Antidepressant?
Antidepressant medicines include:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such
as fluoxetine (Prozac), paroxetine (Paxil), and sertraline (Zoloft).
- Tricyclic and tetracyclic antidepressants, such as
doxepin (Sinequan) and nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor).
- Other antidepressants, such as bupropion (Wellbutrin,
Wellbutrin SR), mirtazapine (Remeron), trazodone, and venlafaxine (Effexor,
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), such as
isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine sulfate (Nardil), and selegiline
Side effects and safety
have side effects. You may notice the side effects before you notice that the
medicine is helping you. Side effects vary depending on the medicine you
People who are taking medicines for other health problems
need to know about medicine interactions. Talk with your doctor about the best
way to track whether a combination of medicines is harming you. People who are
taking a lot of medicines also are more likely to have harmful side effects.
- Depression: Dealing With Medicine Side Effects
- Depression: Should I Take Antidepressants While I'm Pregnant?
- Depression: Taking Antidepressants Safely