Antidepressant Medication must be taken daily and consistently. The course of treatment may be 6 months to a year or longer if symptoms return. Antidepressants take time – usually 2 to 4 weeks – to work, and often, symptoms such as sleep, appetite, and concentration problems may improve before mood lifts. It is important to give medication a chance before reaching a conclusion about its effectiveness.
There are potential side effects and all antidepressants have a warning regarding the increased risk of suicidal thinking. It should be noted that research showed and increase of suicidal behavior after the black box warning came out prescribing practices reflected a seemingly more conservative approach/ In most cases suicide risk is reduced at the symptoms are treated.
Having a psychiatric disorder, including depression
History of physical or sexual abuse or exposure to violence
Problems with alcohol or drugs
Physical or medical issues, for example, becoming pregnant or having an STD
Being the victim of bullying
Being uncertain of sexual orientation
Exposure to the suicide of a family member or friend
Family history of mood disorder or suicidal behavior
Loss of or conflict with close friends or family members
Stopping medication abruptly can cause withdrawal effects. Do not stop these medications without a taper plan. Medications may not be needed after a period (usually 6mo to a year) of being symptom free ,so work with your provider to have an exit strategy.