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Introduction
Antidepressants are a type of medication used to treat depression or prevent it recurring.
When antidepressants are used
The main use for antidepressants is treating depression. They are also used for some other mental health conditions and to treat long-term pain.
Cautions and interactions
There are several important things to consider when taking antidepressants. You should discuss these with your GP or mental health professional.
About your antidepressant dose
When prescribing antidepressants your GP will usually select the lowest possible dose thought necessary to improve your symptoms.
Side effects of antidepressants
The side effects of antidepressants can cause problems at first but then generally improve with time.
Alternatives to antidepressants
There are several treatments that can be used as alternatives to antidepressants for treating depression and other mental health conditions.
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