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Deciding on Antidepressant Medicine

If you will be taking medicine for depression, talk with your healthcare provider about the following:

  • Any concerns you have about the medicine. This includes knowing the likelihood of side effects and if addiction is possible.

  • All the medicines you are taking. This should include over the counter medicines, herbs, and supplements. This information can help prevent your healthcare provider from giving you a medicine that may interact with other medicines you are taking.

  • Your general health, health problems, and age. Your healthcare provider may be able to prescribe medicine that helps both your depression and another health problem. If you are an older adult, you may need lower doses of medicine or doses may need to be increased more slowly.

  • Any antidepressants you have used before. Tell you healthcare provider whether you have used antidepressants before, and which ones worked or didn’t work.

  • Working together. Work with your healthcare provider so you’ll know how well the medicine is working and when to expect it to start working.

  • What to expect. You will want to know whether the antidepressant medicine will make any other health problems you have worse or harder to treat.

Author: StayWell Custom Communications
Last Annual Review Date: 7/1/2018
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