Prescriptions from Your Psychiatrist

Psychiatrists are physicians, and they can prescribe antidepressants for you take in conjunction with your psychotherapy. A combination of antidepressants and psychotherapy has been shown to be the most effective means of dealing with many forms of depression.

However, before you fill that prescription for an antidepressant, be sure your psychiatrist knows what other medications you may be taking. Side effects and dangerous drug interactions can occur with medications prescribed for certain medical conditions, so be aware and be safe.

If your doctor has prescribed an antidepressant, ask the doctor what to expect when you begin taking it. Some medications have initial side effects that go away as your body adjusts to the medication. Once your questions have been answered, be sure to take the medication as directed. If you miss a dose, ask the pharmacist what you should do.

Sometimes it's best to wait until the next scheduled dose; other times, you may be able to take the missed dose right away. And don't stop your medications without checking with your doctor. Some can cause potentially serious side effects if you stop taking them abruptly.

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It's good practice to have one regular pharmacy where you get your prescriptions filled. That way, the pharmacist has easy access to your records and can advise you quickly if there is a potential problem with mixing your medications.

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