Antidepressants help restore the normal balance of brain chemicals. When these brain chemicals are in proper balance, your depression gets better. Most people need to take this medicine for 6 to 8 weeks to get the full benefit and feel much better.
Taking your medicine for at least 6 months after you feel better can help keep you from getting depressed again. If this is not the first time you have been depressed, your doctor may want you to take it for an even longer time. But don't worry. No matter how long you take this medicine, you can't get addicted to it.
If you have questions or concerns about your medicines, talk to your doctor.
Thinking about the facts and your feelings can help you make a decision that is right for you. Be sure you understand the benefits and risks of your options, and think about what else you need to do before you make the decision.
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Current as of: December 7, 2017
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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