Seasonal Depression (SAD) (cont.)
Medications for Seasonal Depression
Antidepressant medications are useful for people who need further treatment because their symptoms improve only slightly or not at all with bright-light therapy. Most of these people are treated with antidepressant medication. To read more about antidepressants, see Understanding Antidepressant Medications.
- The antidepressants that are used most frequently are the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs.
Examples include fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), citalopram (Celexa), and escitalopram (Lexapro).
- These agents may take
two to four weeks to improve symptoms.
- Unwanted side effects depend on which medication is used. Your health care professional can tell you about side effects.
- Do not stop your medication abruptly. Stop or change dose only after consulting your health care professional.
- Any medical treatment that elevates mood, whether it is light therapy or medication, can induce excessively elevated mood (manic) symptoms.
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