Home > Patients & Visitors > Health Library > Depression: Taking Antidepressants Safely
your doctor has prescribed antidepressants, there are some important things you
need to know about how to take them. Following these guidelines can reduce
problems and help you get the most benefit from your medicine.
To get the best results
from an antidepressant medicine, you need to take it just as prescribed. Be
sure you know:
When you pick up your medicine at the drugstore, read the
information sheet that comes with it. This will list the side effects and other
important facts. If there is anything you don't understand, ask the pharmacist
to explain it.
Do not stop taking your medicine if you have mild side effects. They
will most likely go away after you take the medicine for a few weeks.
If the side effects bother you, talk with your doctor. He or she may
prescribe a different medicine or suggest ways to manage your side effects.
Call your doctor right away if you
or anyone who takes antidepressants has any serious side effects, such
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.