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When will the medication work?1,2,3
What are the common side effects?1,4
These are most common in the beginning, and usually get better within 1-2 weeks.
How long do people need to take this medication?1,2
Some people need to take medication for up to 1 year after they feel better. Others need to take medication long-term to prevent their symptoms of depression or anxiety from coming back. The length of time depends on how bad the depression or anxiety was, how long they had it, and how many times they have had depression or anxiety in the past.
When will the medication work?5,6
What are the common side effects?5
These are most common in the beginning, and most will usually get better with time.
How long do people need to take this medication?
Some people need to take medication for 1 to 2 years after their mood or thinking gets better. Others need to take medication long-term to stop their mood and thinking from getting worse. The length of time depends on how severe the problems with mood or thinking were, how long they had problems, and how many times they have had problems in the past.
Amber Finegan, PharmD, February 2019
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