depression commonly occur together, and
antidepressants may be prescribed in combination with antipsychotics to treat
both conditions. Antidepressant medicines affect brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) and can provide relief from
symptoms of depression and
anxiety. Combining antidepressants with antipsychotic
medicines has been found to work well in treating the negative symptoms (such
as lack of emotion or motivation) of schizophrenia.
Antidepressants that may be used to treat depression that occurs with
Antidepressants are usually started at low doses and
gradually increased until symptoms get better. It may take several weeks for
you to feel relief from symptoms of sadness or loss of interest in things that
you once enjoyed.
Not everyone experiences side effects from these medicines,
and antidepressants can be very helpful in treating depression in someone who
FDA Advisory. The U.S.
Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an
advisory on antidepressant medicines and the risk of
suicide. The FDA does not recommend that people stop using these medicines.
Instead, a person taking antidepressants should be watched for
warning signs of suicide. This is especially important
at the beginning of treatment or when the doses are changed.
more information on antidepressants, see Drug Reference. (Drug Reference is not
available in all systems.)
Primary Medical Reviewer
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Miklos Ferenc Losonczy, MD, PhD - Psychiatry
August 19, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
August 19, 2010
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