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How long will it take for antidepressants to treat postpartum depression?

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It can take several weeks for antidepressants to be fully effective, so be patient. With some, you’ll slowly increase your dosage. With others you can take the full dose right away.

If you don’t get relief, tell your doctor or counselor. You may do better with a different dosage or another medication. You and your doctor can find the medicine, or combination of medicines, that works best for you.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Postpartum depression facts.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Mental health medications.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Mental health medications.”

FDA: “Depression – Medicines to help you.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Depression: What you need to know.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Postpartum depression action plan.”

Epperson, C. , April 15, 1999. American Family Physician

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 19, 2019

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health: “Postpartum depression facts.”

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Mental health medications.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Mental health medications.”

FDA: “Depression – Medicines to help you.”

National Institute of Mental Health: “Depression: What you need to know.”

American Academy of Family Physicians: “Postpartum depression action plan.”

Epperson, C. , April 15, 1999. American Family Physician

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on March 19, 2019

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