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Seasonal Depression (SAD) (cont.)

What Are the Medications for Seasonal Affective Disorder?

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.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/21/2017

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