- How will you make a decision about which antidepressant I should use?Why you should ask this question: If you have been on antidepressants before or have a first-degree relative who has had success with an antidepressant, your doctor should start there. Research suggests there is a genetic component to responding to depression treatment.
- What side effects should I be aware of, and which should I call you about?Why you should ask this question: Depending on what type of mood disorder you have, side effects could make your symptoms worse.
- Is there a generic medication that would work just as well?Why you should ask this question: Brand names often have a larger co-pay, and some insurance drug plans only cover generic versions.
- How much time should we wait before we decide a drug is not working?Why you should ask this question: You should know whether your doctor plans to increase the dosage or switch you to another medication, and in what time frame, if the one you are taking doesn't work.
- How do you define "successful" drug therapy?Why you should ask this question: The goal should be complete remission of symptoms, with regular checkups to assess your progress.
5 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Antidepressants
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