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Antidepressants

Also called: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, Tricyclic antidepressants.

Antidepressants are medicines that treat depression. Your doctor can prescribe them for you. They can improve your mood, sleep, appetite and concentration. It may take several weeks for them to help. There are several types of antidepressants. You and your doctor may have to try several before finding what works best for you.

Medicines sometimes cause unwanted side effects. For example, when you first start your antidepressant you may feel tired, have trouble sleeping or feel sick to your stomach. The side effects usually go away after a short time. Tell your doctor if you have any side effects. You should also let your doctor know if you take any other medicines, vitamins or herbal supplements.

It is important to keep taking your medicines, even if you feel better. Do not stop taking your medicines without talking to your doctor. You often need to stop antidepressants gradually.

Alternative Therapy

St. John's Wort (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine)

Nutrition

MAOIs and Diet: Restricting Tyramine Prevents Serious Side Effect (Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

Coping

Antidepressants: Get Tips to Cope with Side Effects(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

Specific Conditions

Combined Reuptake Inhibitors and Receptor Blockers(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

Norepinephrine and Dopamine Reuptake Inhibitors (NDRIs)(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

Serotonin and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRIs)(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

Tetracyclic Antidepressants(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

Tricyclic Antidepressants(InteliHealth)

Related Issues

Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome(American Academy of Family Physicians)

Antidepressants: Selecting One That's Right for You(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

Antidepressants: Test Shows Which May Be Your Best Bet(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)

Intimacy and Antidepressants(American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy)

Serotonin Syndrome(Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research)