Taking Antidepressants - A Few Guidelines

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 doctor’s 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 dangerous.
  • 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 don’t risk it.