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What should I know about taking antidepressants?

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The FDA warns that anyone taking antidepressants should be watched closely, particularly in the first few weeks. Children, teenagers, and young adults might have more negative thoughts, possibly even suicidal thoughts or behaviors while taking antidepressants.

You may need to try a few different antidepressants before you find one that works well for you. You might have side effects during the first few weeks of taking an antidepressant. These usually get better. If you’ve given it a few months and it doesn’t seem to help, or if your side effects are making it hard for you to take it, go back to your doctor. She might recommend a different drug. But don’t stop taking your medication on your own. That can cause more problems. When it’s time to stop, your doctor will slowly reduce your dose to let your body readjust.

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health.

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment: “Managing Depressive Symptoms in Substance Abuse Clients During Early Recovery.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Depression.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Depression (major depressive disorder).”

Armstrong, C. , May 2011. American Family Physician

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Depression.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on January 20, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health.

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment: “Managing Depressive Symptoms in Substance Abuse Clients During Early Recovery.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Depression.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Depression (major depressive disorder).”

Armstrong, C. , May 2011. American Family Physician

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Depression.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on January 20, 2017

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