Anxiety Disorders

Frequently Asked Questions

25. How should antidepressants be taken?

For all types of antidepressants, patients must take regular doses for at least three to four weeks, sometimes longer, before they are likely to feel the full benefit. They should continue taking the medication for an amount of time specified by their doctor, even if they are feeling better, to prevent the anxiety from returning.

Stopping medication should be done only under a doctor's supervision. An antidepressant needs to be gradually stopped to give the body time to adjust. Some people may need to stay on the medication for a long time.

For older adults who are already taking several medications for other conditions, it is important to talk with a doctor about any adverse drug interactions that may occur while taking antidepressants.