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Which drug for depression works best for me?

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Your health care provider can determine which drug is right for you. Remember that medications usually take four to eight weeks to become fully effective -- and if one medication does not work, there are many others to try.

In some cases, a combination of antidepressants may be necessary. Sometimes an antidepressant combined with a second antidepressant from a different class, or a different type of medication altogether, such as a mood stabilizer (like lithium) or atypical antipsychotic (likearipiprazole [Abilify], brexpiprazole [Rexulti] or quetiapine [Seroquel]) can boost the effect of an antidepressant alone.

SOURCE: News release, FDA. WebMD: "Mental Health: Medications Used to Treat Mental Disorders."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 23, 2017

SOURCE: News release, FDA. WebMD: "Mental Health: Medications Used to Treat Mental Disorders."

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on June 23, 2017

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