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Antidepressants are medicines that treat depression. Your doctor can prescribe them for you. They work to balance some of the natural chemicals in our brains. It may take several weeks for them to help. There are several types of antidepressants. You and your doctor may have to try a few before finding what works best for you.
Antidepressants may cause mild side effects that usually do not last long. These may include headache, nausea, sleep problems, restlessness, and sexual problems. Tell your doctor if you have any side effects. You should also let your doctor know if you take any other medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements.
It is important to keep taking your medicines, even if you feel better. Do not stop taking your medicines without talking to your doctor. You often need to stop antidepressants gradually.
NIH: National Institute of Mental Health
|Definition (NCI)||Mood-stimulating drugs used primarily in the treatment of affective disorders and related conditions. Several monoamine oxidase inhibitors are useful as antidepressants apparently as a long-term consequence of their modulation of catecholamine levels. The tricyclic compounds useful as antidepressive agents also appear to act through brain catecholamine systems. A third group is a diverse group of drugs including some that act specifically on serotonergic systems. (MeSH)|
|Definition (NCI_NCI-GLOSS)||A drug used to treat depression.|
|Definition (MSH)||Mood-stimulating drugs used primarily in the treatment of affective disorders and related conditions. Several MONOAMINE OXIDASE INHIBITORS are useful as antidepressants apparently as a long-term consequence of their modulation of catecholamine levels. The tricyclic compounds useful as antidepressive agents (ANTIDEPRESSIVE AGENTS, TRICYCLIC) also appear to act through brain catecholamine systems. A third group (ANTIDEPRESSIVE AGENTS, SECOND-GENERATION) is a diverse group of drugs including some that act specifically on serotonergic systems.|
|Definition (CSP)||mood-stimulating drugs used primarily in the treatment of affective disorders and related conditions.|
|Concepts||Pharmacologic Substance (T121)|
|SnomedCT||283012004, 36236003, 372720008|
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|French||Anti-dépresseurs, Agents antidépresseurs, Médicaments antidépresseurs, Antidépresseurs|
|Italian||Farmaci antidepressivi, Antidepressivi|
|Russian||TIMOLEPTICHESKIE SREDSTVA, ANTIDEPRESSIVNYE SREDSTVA, ANTIDEPRESSANTY, TIMOANALEPTIKI, TIMOLEPTIKI, АНТИДЕПРЕССАНТЫ, АНТИДЕПРЕССИВНЫЕ СРЕДСТВА, ТИМОАНАЛЕПТИКИ, ТИМОЛЕПТИКИ, ТИМОЛЕПТИЧЕСКИЕ СРЕДСТВА|
|Japanese||抗抑鬱薬, 抗うつ薬, 抗鬱剤, 抗鬱薬, 抗抑うつ薬, 抗うつ剤, 感情賦活薬|
|Polish||Leki przeciwdepresyjne, Tymoleptyki, Środki antydepresyjne, Środki przeciwdepresyjne|
|Portuguese||Agentes Antidepressivos, Antidepressivos|
|Spanish||Antidepresivos, Agentes Antidepresivos, antidepresivo (producto), antidepresivo (sustancia), antidepresivo|
|German||Antidepressiva, Antidepressive Mittel|