The antidepressants your doctor has
prescribed for you are simple and safe to take. They are neither 'garam' nor 'strong'
and taking them for months on end is absolutely necessary for proper effect.
The following guidelines are designed to
help you make the most of their benefits.
- Take your medicines, making sure you follow your
doctors instructions carefully.
- Do not expect miracles. It could be at least two weeks
before you begin to feel better, though you should start sleeping better quickly.
- Never take less than the prescribed dose without first
consulting your doctor.
- Never take more than the prescribed dose - it can be
- Never skip a dose just because you are feeling better. You
could undo all the good that has been done.
- Side effects depend on the medicine you are taking and may
vary a great deal from patient to patient. But if you experience side effects like dry
mouth, constipation do not worry. After a few days of the treatment, they will
gradually lessen. If you are worried about it, talk to your doctor.
- Some medicines can make you sleepy initially, so it is
best to avoid, for first few days driving cars, riding bikes or performing any
activity which might need a lot of concentration.
- Try to avoid taking alcohol if possible. It tends to
interact with medicines and could make you feel quite drunk and unsteady. And of course,
never drink and drive.
- Do not stop taking your medicines until your doctor tells
you, even if you feel quite better. If you fail to complete your course of treatment, you
could find yourself back to square one, so dont risk it.