Magnesium, vitamins, micronutrients and psychic stimulants are insufficient to treat your depression. It is necessary to prescribe an antidepressant.
Treating with an antidepressant starts from the assumption of a biological origin to depression. Certain neurotransmitters – chemicals normally present in the brain – might be in short supply or out of balance.
Antidepressants are drugs that work in certain areas of the brain by increasing the levels of neurotransmitters. There are different chemical classes that act in varying ways on one or other of the neurotransmitters involved: monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), tricyclics, serotoninergics…
Antidepressants must be taken long enough to ensure perfect regulation of the initial dysfunction. It takes eight to fifteen days for the antidepressant to take full effect.
The effective dose varies from person to person, there is no standard treatment. In some cases, your doctor may prescribe bioassays to adjust your medication.
Sometimes it is necessary to combine two antidepressants.
Taking an antidepressant can be accompanied by side effects that usually disappear after a few days. Don’t stop treatment on your own. Talk to your doctor, who can advise you. For example, if you have nausea or heartburn, it is better to take the treatment after a meal. If you stop too early, you may be depriving yourself of a treatment that could improve your quality of life.
They are not addictive and do not lead to tolerance when taken over the long term.
There are many antidepressant medications. Each individual responds differently. Your doctor may not find the most effective medication or combination right away. Be patient! Among the many, there is sure to be one that works for you!