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How many weeks to feel the full benefit of an antidepressant

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Older ones.: Drugs like elavil, (amitriptyline) doxepin, nortryiptyline have anticholinergic problems which cause dry mouth, urinary retention, and constipation. ... Read More

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A 19-year-old female asked:
Dr. Leatrice Brooks
Clinical Psychology 10 years experience
Yes: Psychotropic medications help reduce psychological symptoms. They do not fix the problems that are causing the symptoms. Ideally, people who need meds... Read More
Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Getting off psych: meds. You need to learn strategies to cope w/anxiety or depression or the symptoms can flare again. Cognitive therapy is one way. See "Feeing Good"... Read More
Dr. Michelle King
Psychiatry 26 years experience
It can happen: But not in everyone. Weaning off is an individual decision based upon your psych history, symptoms, family history, etc. If you have trouble weaning o... Read More
A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Treatment: Not sure of the exact circumstances. If the psychiatrist heard enough of the story and is convinced of evidence for depression then action may be reas... Read More
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Douglas Bey
Psychiatry 57 years experience
2-3 wks: Can be taken can get serotonin syndrome unusual to take two ssris.
A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Binge drinking: If you continue binge drinking, there's a continued toll on your body, mind, and emotions. Antidepressants may help you tread water, but adding alcoh... Read More
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Antidepressant Meds: Mirtazapine (Remeron) is a noradrenergic / serotonergic antidepressant medication. Prozac is a serotonergic antidepressant. Often antidepressant ch... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Anxiety: is state of tension, apprehension, worry, uneasiness or fear. It may be related to anticipated danger or arise for no apparent reason. While mild epis... Read More
A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Joseph Weiner
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Good question: This is a complicated subject, because weight gain can be affected by: 1) things that cause depression [a thyroid problem or excessive alcohol use], 2... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Lori Lange
Specializes in Family Medicine
Yes: Drug development and pharmaceutical companies often find out other uses for the medication during clinical trials and even after the drug is released.... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ernest Bordini
Clinical Psychology 32 years experience
Lots of options: Most modern antidepressants are fairly effective, but they do differ- so while a bad response to one is a concern there are often other choices, they ... Read More

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