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How long does it usually take till depression meds to start to work?

How long does it usually take till depression meds to start to work?

Weeks: About 75% of people who respond to antidepressants, do so within the first four weeks, whereas about 25% respond between four and six weeks. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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How long does it usually take till depression therapies start to work?

How long does it usually take till depression therapies start to work?

If you mean: Medications, it depends on the medication. In general, 4 weeks, though some people respond quicker. ...Read more

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How long does it take for add meds to begin working?

How long does it take for add meds to begin working?

Depends on med: Adderall, dexedrine, Ritalin (methylphenidate) Focalin (dexmethylphenidate) (desmethylphenidate) are short-acting & take @ 30 minutes to show some effect if dose is high enough. Long-acting preps may take 60 minutes. 5 days at any dose shows what that dose will do & then prescriber may advance dose based on response & side effects seeking best dose for function. Strattera takes 2-12 weeks to achieve full effect. ...Read more

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How long does it take oxybutynin to start to work?

How long does it take oxybutynin to start to work?

About an hour: Antispasmodic activity occurs within 30 to 60 minutes after taking and can last for 6 to 10 hours. ...Read more

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How long does mirtazapine take to start to work?

How long does mirtazapine take to start to work?

2 - 4 weeks: Like most other antidepressants, Mirtazapine (brand name remeron) usually starts to result in improvement after about 2 weeks of use, with increasing benefit over the next several weeks. In my own practice, i tend not to wait much past 4 weeks if there's been no benefit at all; other psychiatrists will say to wait up to 6 or 8 weeks. ...Read more

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How long does it take for pain medication to start working?

How long does it take for pain medication to start working?

30+ minutes: It usually takes 30+ minutes for pain meds to start working. A slight delay may occur with food added. ...Read more

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How long does it take to start working and for how many hours does it work?

How long does it take to start working and for how many hours does it work?

You forgot to say: what it is you are taking! Look on the bottle or box for the name and the ingredients. Look up each ingredient on the internet, this is a pretty good site https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html but it is US based. If you are in another country, you may have a similar resource that uses the drug names that are used in your country. ...Read more

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Can you take fargelin for hemorrhoids, and how long does it take to work?

Can you take fargelin for hemorrhoids, and how long does it take to work?

Perhaps?: There are internet reports of this herbal therapy giving relief from hemorrhoids. Herbs and such are not fda regulated and one must use caution and make judicious choices when using such treatments. Perhaps you should see an expert in the treatment of hemorrhoids, a colorectal surgeon? There are many treatments for hemorrhoids. Get a check up if your can. May not be hemorrhoids? ...Read more

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How long does it take for vistaril (hydroxyzine) to start to work?

How long does it take for vistaril (hydroxyzine) to start to work?

Vistaril (hydroxyzine) action : Vistaril (hydroxyzine) is an antihistamine that is available in a liquid, tablet, and im forms. The onset of action of the injectable for is minutes, while the oral routes start in 30 minutes to 2 hours. ...Read more

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How long does it take for thyroid medication to start working?

How long does it take for thyroid medication to start working?

Synthroid (thyroxine) medication: It will take about two weeks after starting medication to start feeling any difference. Around four weeks, the medication will reach its final level. Your doctor should check TSH and free T4 at 4-6 weeks after starting the medication. Your doctor may need to adjust your medication based on the labwork, either less or more dosage in synthroid (thyroxine). ...Read more

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How long does it take for bupropion HCl to start to work ?

How long does it take for bupropion HCl to start to work ?

Generally 3-4 weeks: Most antidepressants take 3-4 weeks to show an effect. The best results usually come with a combination of psychotherapy and medication, rather than just using the medication alone. ...Read more

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How long does it take for hydrochlorothiazide to start to work for edema?

How long does it take for hydrochlorothiazide to start to work for edema?

Not a good diuretic : Hydrochlorothiazide is not a very strong diuretic. It is mostly used for antihypertensive properties. Usually effect should be seen within the first couple of hours with increased urine output, although might not be very much increase. ...Read more

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How long does it take for Depakote to start working?

How long does it take for Depakote to start working?

1-2 weeks: On average, for the treatment of psychiatric disorders, it takes 7-14 days after achieving a therapeutic blood level. I will defer to my neurology colleagues for commenting on how long it takes to start working for seizures and/or migraines. ...Read more

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How long does it take for sudafed to start working?

How long does it take for sudafed to start working?

About 30 minutes: Usually starts in 30 minutes and lasts about 8 hours depending on the dose. ...Read more

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How long does it take for sulfa meds to work?

Sulfa meds: They start killing germs within minutes. But this depends on the germs being treated. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for Proactiv to work?

How long does it usually take for Proactiv to work?

ProActiv: Proactive is simply an expensive form of benzoyl peroxide and is hardly the miracle drug that is promoted on tv. If it works at all, it might be 2-3 months before you start to see any benefit. Save yourself some money and buy generic benzoyl peroxide 5 percent wash or gel. ...Read more

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How long will it take for my thyroid medication to start working?

How long will it take for my thyroid medication to start working?

Soon: Usually within 3 or more days you should start to feel better if the dose is a good therapeutic dose. ...Read more

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How long does it take for topamax (topiramate) to start to work?

How long does it take for topamax (topiramate) to start to work?

Awhile: Topamax (topiramate) is an antineuropathic. Primarily a seizure med it will take time for titration to an effective dose. Starting slow and incrementally increasing the dose slowly allows for accommodation to side effects. Look for some relief of symptoms as the dose is optimized. ...Read more