Antidepressant medicines


Antidepressants are medicines used to treat depression. The decision to take an antidepressant, undertake psychological therapy, or combine both approaches, is very individual. Talk to your doctor about what you think will work best for you.

Individual antidepressants can be grouped into different classes or groups, according to how they work chemically in the body. Within each group, there are usually several medicines which work in a similar way but may differ slightly from each other.

The different groups of antidepressants are about as effective as each other overall, but some people will respond to one antidepressant better than another. The type and severity of side effects can also be quite different between these groups of antidepressants. See How do the side effects of different antidepressants compare?

Read more about depression and how to get help.

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