Treatment Options When Your SSRI Antidepressant Is Not Working Well - Consumer Summary | AHRQ Effective Health Care Program
Consumer Summary – Jul. 24, 2013
Treatment Options When Your SSRI Antidepressant Is Not Working Well
Table of Contents
- Is This Summary Right for Me?
- Understanding Your Condition
- Understanding Your Options
- Making a Decision
Is This Summary Right for Me?
This information is right for you if:
- Your doctor* said you have major depressive disorder, a kind of depression that lasts longer than 2 weeks.
- You have taken one of the following antidepressant medicines for at least 6 weeks† and your depression is not getting better. These medicines are a type of antidepressant called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Please note that not all antidepressants are SSRIs.
- Citalopram (Celexa®)
- Escitalopram (Lexapro®)
- Fluoxetine (Prozac®, Prozac Weekly®, Sarafem®)
- Fluvoxamine (Luvox®, Luvox CR®)
- Paroxetine (Paxil®, Paxil CR®, Pexeva®)
- Sertraline (Zoloft®)
- You want to know about other options to treat your depression to talk about with your doctor.
- And you are over age 18. This information is from research on adults.
† SSRIs can take up to 6 weeks to start working.