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Anti depressants All antidepressant medications are equally effective They elevate mood in 60 to 80 of people who use them It usually takes a minimum of two to three weeks to feel any benefit and up to six weeks for the antidepressant to exert its full effect Anti depressants alleviate your mood The newer drugs are safer and for most people have fewer side effects While all these medications are equally effective some work better for different combinations of symptoms than others Some people must try several different medications before they find the one that works best for them In What You Need to Know About Psychiatric Drugs Stuart Yudofsky MD Robert Hales MD and Tom Ferguson MD say We tell our patients that its just the opposite of drinking alcohol With alcohol you get the enjoyable effects right away The hangover doesnt appear until the next morning With antidepressants most people experience the unpleasant side effects first while the benefits may take four to six weeks to appear As for the side effects if any occur most subside after a few weeks of using the medication The different antidepressants have different effective dosages It often takes a while to get used to taking antidepressants Antidepressants are not addictive if you stop talking antidepressants abruptly you may have a variety of flu-like withdrawal effects Depression typically changes sexuality Some people lose their libidos Others become hyper-sexual Once the depression clears up sexuality usually returns to normal Some antidepressants have been associated with sex problems Among people taking the Prozac family of medications SSRIs some 40 to 50 report sexual impairment loss of libido in both sexes difficulty ejaculating in men and loss of orgasm in women Wellbutrin and Serzone cause very few sex problems The physical basis of depression involves neurotransmitters in the brain Neurotransmitters are chemicals that carry messages from one nerve cell to another Nerve
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