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What will my doctor do if my medication for depression isn't working well?

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Sometimes simple changes can make a big difference. Your doctor may suggest you take half a pill instead of a whole one and gradually increase the dose. Another option may be to change the time you take your medication, like at night instead of during the day. But make sure to talk with your doctor before making any changes to how you take your medication.

If your doctor changes your medications, you’ll need to give your body time to get rid of the old medication and let the new one take effect.

SOURCES:

Michelle B. Riba, MD, associate director University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, Ann Arbor, MI. Todd Antin, MD, founder and CEO, PACT Atlanta. American Psychiatric Association: “Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depressive Disorder, Third Edition,” “What Is Depression?” Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: “Psychotherapy: How It Works and How It Can Help.” Harvard Health Letter: “What you should know about antidepressants.” Here to Help: “Myths About Antidepressants.” Mayo Clinic: “Depression (major depressive disorder).”





Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on December 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Michelle B. Riba, MD, associate director University of Michigan Comprehensive Depression Center, Ann Arbor, MI. Todd Antin, MD, founder and CEO, PACT Atlanta. American Psychiatric Association: “Practice Guidelines for the Treatment of Patients With Major Depressive Disorder, Third Edition,” “What Is Depression?” Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance: “Psychotherapy: How It Works and How It Can Help.” Harvard Health Letter: “What you should know about antidepressants.” Here to Help: “Myths About Antidepressants.” Mayo Clinic: “Depression (major depressive disorder).”





Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on December 11, 2018

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