Should you increase your antidepressant after beginning on a starting dose?

Should you increase your antidepressant after beginning on a starting dose?  Not necessarily.  Research has shown that new-generation antidepressants like SSRIs may not need to be increased from the starting dose.  This means that your first dose, may be all that you need to ease your mood. Patients are urged to see their physician at 6 to 8 weeks after starting medication to assess clinical improvement.  Before increasing the dose or changing the medication, talk to your physician.  In short, research showed no benefit to automatically increase the dose. 


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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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