Starting an antidepressant
Trying a new medication for depression can be scary. But there are ways to make it better.
That’s why we put together these 4 helpful tips.
You’re not alone.
Learn from people who’ve been there.
Chances are you know someone who’s going through depression too—even if you haven’t talked about it. Every year, about 16 million Americans have a bout of depression. And 1 in 10 people in the U.S. are taking an antidepressant.
Read medication reviews.
Iodine has reviews from thousands of people who have taken antidepressants. If you want to know what other people have tried, and what they think of a medication, find that on our depression page to see what people say about it.
British researchers put together a helpful series of video interviews of people talking about their decision to take antidepressants for the first time.
It’s a trial and error process.
But you’re in the driver’s seat.
Side effects are common.
Many go away after your body gets used to the medication.
Here’s a timeline of what to expect when starting Cymbalta (duloxetine).
These are some of the most common side effects, according to our pharmacists.
The Mayo Clinic has helpful tips for dealing with common antidepressant side effects.
No single antidepressant works best.
Finding the one that works best for you is what matters.
Antidepressants are similar, but not exactly the same. If you are trying one to see if it works for you, it’s helpful to know a little bit about it. And how it compares to others.
Our pharmacists’ bottom lineCymbalta (Duloxetine) is good for treating depression and anxiety, and may help with chronic pain. More likely than other antidepressants to cause problems if you drink or have high blood pressure.
- Effective at relieving depression and anxiety symptoms.
- Lowers relapse rates for depression.
- Can relieve some types of chronic pain. Might be particularly good at pain relief for people who are also depressed.
- Six out of ten people who use an antidepressant for the first time find that it works for them.
- Not a good option if you're a heavy drinker, or if you have liver or kidney problems.
- Not the best option for people with high blood pressure.
- Like most antidepressants, can cause higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior for people age 24 and younger.
- The first antidepressant you try doesn't always work or it can cause side effects you really don't like. You might need to try a few different medications until you find one that works for you.