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How long does it take to adjust to an increased dose of an antidepressant

A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
17 years experience Sleep Medicine
A week or so: Dizziness is common particularly at high doses of this medication. Low dose is 10mg -25 mg in my opinion. Does less for depression at lower doses so ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nicholas Stratas
60 years experience Psychiatry
Unsubstantated: This a plant with many common names eg golden root. Used for many conditions, but so far, there isn’t enough scientific evidence to determine whethe ... Read More
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Please: Consider having an adult or someone who is at least 16 years old ask this question for you. You need to be at least 16 years old to post questions on ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeffrey Levine
30 years experience Family Medicine
Need Diet & Exercise: While stopping certain antidepressants known for causing weight gain, should help prevent further weight gain, You will need to eat a healthy diet, ex ... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience Neurology
Parental permission: Hello young man. Your questions cannot be answered since we will need your parents' permission to speak with you about any clinical issues you may be ... Read More
A 36-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bennett Machanic
51 years experience Neurology
Depends on levels: Carbamazepine works best when blood levels are in a therapy range, but if you are already "therapeutic", may need a second medication added on.
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. Dariush Saghafi
32 years experience Neurology
Depends: Really depends on many factors but typically whenever medications are increased for these types of symptoms many would agree that improvements should ... Read More
A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
35 years experience Pain Management
It depends: Tolerance is defined as the adaptation to a drug resulting in reduction of effect over time. Tolerance to side effects develops more quickly than tol ... Read More
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A 30-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Effexor (venlafaxine) XR: Eliminating immediate-release Effexor (venlafaxine) takes about 3 days, but the elimination of the xr form depends on its absorption -- which can add ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Antihistamine: What are you taking it for? The answer depends on what you are treating
A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. Eric Weisman
35 years experience Neurology
Depends: It needs to be absorbed. It needs to be converted by Tyrosine Hydorxylase to L-Dopa. If you have iron deficiency the enzyme Tyrosine Hydroxylase may n ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Glen Elliott
42 years experience Child Psychiatry
Varies: What is clear is that antidepressants essentially never work instantly. Typically, we talk about 2-4 weeks--but that's once we get to a therapeutic d ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Usually forever: It is very rare to have an allergic reaction the first time one takes a medication.
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A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
24 years experience Psychiatry
Usually within 4 to: 6, you will have an idea if that medication dosage is providing benefits.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ralph Wolf
38 years experience Psychiatry
Latuda (lurasidone) side effects: Side effects always precede the actual medication's positive effects. That being said you should begin to find out if this medication and the subseque ... Read More
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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Tanya Anderson
27 years experience Child Psychiatry
Yes XR is easier: Immediate release (IR) medications go into the bloodstream so there is more chance of side effects when you stop them. Extended release (XR) medicati ... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. Caroline Cribari
22 years experience Psychiatry
Trazodone effect: Although trazodone is an ssri, so it should treat depression and anxiety, for most patients it is far too sedating to be used for anything except inso ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
41 years experience Psychiatry
Zoloft (sertraline): Like most antidepressants, zoloft (sertraline) requires at least 4-6 weeks to show effectiveness. You may need a higher dose than the 50mg you're now ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Thomas Steele
58 years experience Psychiatry
Days: Valproate can have an some beneficial effect within a few days (and can even improve sleep the first night with an adequate dose), especially if an ad ... Read More
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A 26-year-old male asked:
Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
41 years experience Psychiatry
Talk to doctor: i'm not sure what you mean in your question about the brain "returning to normal." No one is prescribed neuroleptics who has a "normal" brain to beg ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Linda Callaghan
52 years experience Addiction Medicine
Patience.: It takes anywhere from 2-6 weeks on the right dosage to feel the benefits of antidepressants. The dose will depend on the severity, duration and the p ... Read More
A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Isosorbide mononitra: The half time is about 5hrs, it should be substantially gone at 24hrs.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Djamchid Lotfi
57 years experience Neurology
Varies: at least two weeks
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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Moranville
35 years experience Psychiatry
Irrelevant: For overdose of any medication, you should seek immediate medical attention. Go to your nearest er where they can monitor you and decide if you may ne ... Read More
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