Do You Need to Change Your Depression Medication?


Unhappy with your depression medication? You are not alone; this happens to a lot of people.

There are many reasons why you may be unsatisfied with your current prescription and want to try a new one. However, it is extremely important for you to keep taking your current medication until you speak to your doctor.

Why You May Want to Change

Reasons to change your depression medicine vary from person to person. Some reasons you may want to change your medication include:

  • Side effects: Some medications for depression cause uncomfortable side effects such as headaches, nausea, jitters, insomnia, dizziness, drowsiness, dry mouth or weight gain. Changing medications may stop some of these annoying and unwanted side effects.
  • Medication is not working: You may feel that your depression medication is not working if you are still experiencing symptoms of depression. It’s important to remember that it can take four to six weeks for an anti-depression medication to start working.
  • You feel that your depression has been “cured”: All of your symptoms of depression have disappeared and you feel back to normal, so you feel that you can stop or change to a different medication.

Why You Need to Speak to Your Doctor

If you stop taking your medication without talking to your doctor about other treatment options, your depression may return or worsen. Additionally, some medications for depression require that you gradually withdraw so that certain side effects do not occur.

Remember, you and your doctor should work together to set up a personalized treatment plan for changing your depression medication.

Source: National Institute of Mental Health


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