The length of time that antidepressants are treated varies from person to person.
The main drugs used to treat depression are called antidepressants. These drugs work by increasing the levels in the brain of some chemicals called neurotransmitters that help improve your mood.
Ask the professional who treats you for information about the different types of antidepressants. If you have previously taken this type of treatment, it is also important that you report on what your experience has been, in order to make the decision of what may be the best treatment option.
It is important to know that antidepressants are not addictive, nor is it necessary to take more medication to feel the same effects over time.
It is necessary to take the medication according to the prescription and guideline of the doctor.
Some drugs require gradually increasing the doses at the beginning and also, in the end, they require gradually stopping them. In all cases, abrupt withdrawal of the drug can cause unpredictable and adverse effects.
La mayoría de los tratamientos necesitan algún tiempo para obtener resultados.
Before a person starts taking antidepressants
you need to be informed that the medication takes some time to work (it usually takes several weeks to experience any improvement and determine if a drug is of any use). Therefore, if you have decided to start taking medication, it is necessary that you continue taking it as you have agreed, even if at first you have doubts about its benefits.
Your family doctor or psychiatrist must inform you about the side effects
that are to be expected with your medication. Most are tolerable by almost everyone. Although antidepressants are not addictive, some symptoms (dizziness, nausea, anxiety, and headaches) may be experienced when withdrawing them. They are usually mild in intensity and disappear in one or two weeks, although sometimes they are more intense, especially if the medication is stopped abruptly. They are generally tolerable and temporary.
It is normally recommended to keep the medication for a minimum of six months at the dose in which improvement began.
After these 6 months, your family doctor or your psychiatrist may advise you to reduce the dose or stop taking it depending on the improvement you experience or the unpleasant side effects that they produce. Also if you want to end the treatment. If the evolution of your symptoms is not as expected, the possibility of trying a different treatment may be considered.
It is common for the person suffering from depression to have variability in their state from one day to another and throughout the day. Therefore, it is recommended to take advantage of the best moments and days to make an effort, and on the contrary, isolate yourself, and let yourself be and feel, without forcing the worst moments and days.