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Follow MD instruction on antidepressant meds
Antidepressant medications are used to help treat depression and other mood disorders. For antidepressant medications to work properly, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions and to take the correct dose. If you have been prescribed an antidepressant, follow these important guidelines to get better results:
- Take antidepressant medication as prescribed.
- Do not skip a dose. If you do miss a dose, take the next pill as scheduled; do not take two doses. Check with your doctor or pharmacist to understand what to do if you miss a dose of your medication.
- Do not stop taking antidepressants without checking with your provider.
- It may take up to 4 – 6 weeks for antidepressants to provide a noticeable effect.
- You may get side effects from this medication. If you get side effects that cause you problems, you should talk to your doctor.
- You may get withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking antidepressant medications. You should talk to your doctor before you stop taking them.
- Continue to take this medication even if you are feeling better.
- Contact your provider if you have questions or concerns about your medication.
- Be sure to make and keep follow up appointments.
For more information about depression see these references:
- Online Health Guide
- Health Library
- Concise Depression Guidelines
For more information regarding resources for depression or questions about coverage, you can call us at 888-257-1985 (TTY: 888-391-5535), Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.