Helpful Insights forPatients and Caregivers
 

Key Factors

  • Antidepressant and antipsychotic medications may take 6 weeks or more to fully work.
  • Discuss all side effects with a doctor or pharmacist. Some side effects may get better as the body gets used to the medicine.
  • Some people need medications for a short time and others need it long-term.

 

References

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  2. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). Generalised anxiety disorder and panic disorder in adults: management. (2011).
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  5. American Psychiatric Association (APA). Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Patients with Schizophrenia, Second Edition (2004). https://psychiatryonline.org/pb/assets/raw/sitewide/practice_guidelines/guidelines/schizophrenia.pdf
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