How long should I take my antidepressant medication?

Q. How long should I take medicine for depression?

Answered by
Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Nov 03, 2015 and last reviewed on: Jul 24, 2023

Hi doctor,

I am suffering from depression. I consulted a doctor and he prescribed me tablet Nexito and Lonazep. After taking the tablet for a month, I stopped it now. I am suffering with headache again. Should I continue the medication?



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I can understand your concern. Depression is a mood disorder and the disorder occurs in episodes. The treatment also should be continued for a long duration. Nexito is Escitalopram and the drug should be continued for at least three to six months post remission of symptoms in the first episode. You have stopped taking the drug within a month and that too abruptly. This is the reason you are having withdrawal symptoms in the form of a headache. If the symptoms are persisting and are causing significant distress then, in my opinion, the drug should be continued again. Consult your doctor for reevaluation and start taking tablet again. Do not get feared by the drug. The drug if taken under a proper prescription does not cause dependence and is safe. This will help you to come out of your depression.

Hi doctor,

I would like to know the safest dosage which I can go for. Is 1-1 tablet daily fine?



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Initially, you would get help from one tablet in the morning after breakfast. After two weeks, increase the dose to twice a day. Once remission is achieved, you can reduce the dose gradually. I hope this helps. Thank you.

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