how do anti-depressents work

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Re: how do anti-depressents work

Post by Mummy woo! » Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:16 am

jessles wrote:how soon after starting medications do the side effects hit?
Dunno - probably varies. Can you call your pharmacy or GP if you are concerned?
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Re: how do anti-depressents work

Post by PellyintheWilderness » Fri Oct 31, 2014 8:20 am

I'm not a doctor. But my understanding is that some side effects can become apparent almost immediately. They might "just" be initial reactions that settle down as you get used to the medication, and your doctor can discuss that with you. Other side effects take longer to show up, and sometimes those are more serious, and a sign that the medication isn't right for you.
BUT, and this is important, sometimes anti-depressants can make you feel much, much worse, sometimes even suicidal. If you are experiencing anything like that, please see your doctor immediately.
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Re: how do anti-depressents work

Post by jessles » Fri Oct 31, 2014 9:34 am

Sorry, I should have said that it's just the 'settling in' side effects. I was told they should settle within 2 weeks or so, but I forgot to ask how quickly do they start.

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Re: how do anti-depressents work

Post by Esther » Fri Oct 31, 2014 11:32 am

If in any doubt doubt, ask. No such thing as a silly question with meds.

Hugs. Hope things settle down soon.
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Re: how do anti-depressents work

Post by Karleen » Fri Oct 31, 2014 12:08 pm

jessles wrote:how soon after starting medications do the side effects hit?
Anything from straight away to years down the track.
Ditto what Pelly said.

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Re: how do anti-depressents work

Post by Lil.yaya » Sat Nov 01, 2014 11:31 pm

Hugs jessles. I've never taken them so no experience of advice here. Also I haven't read the whole thread but I have to say I can understand the feeling that therapy wouldn't work for you. I have experienced antenatal depression and it was explained to me as more like a chemical thing, not something I could change with counseling iykwim? I'm assuming PND is similar in that regard?
I hope you are feeling more like yourself really soon xx
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