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Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI)

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Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) lexapro, prozac, seroxat, zoloft, faverin Children, Adult

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) - Dosage and How to Use

How should Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) be used?

Take this medicine exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the instructions on the medicine label or as advised by the pharmacist.

Take this medicine with or without food. Swallow tablets or capsules whole with a glass of water. If unable to swallow you may crush the tablet or open up the capsule to mix the powder in a small amount of water before administering.

This medicine may not have an effect immediately. It may take up to a few weeks before this medicine can exert its full effects. Continue taking it regularly to benefit from it.

Do not stop taking this medicine even after you feel better. Your symptoms may return if this medicine is stopped too early. Check with your doctor on the duration of treatment that is suitable for you.

Do not stop taking the medicine abruptly or change the dose without consulting your doctor. You may experience unpleasant side effects if this medicine is stopped suddenly.

Avoid taking alcohol while you are on this medicine.

What should I do if I miss a dose?


To continue to gain benefit from this medicine you must take it daily. Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one at your usual timing. Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

What should I do if I overdose?

If you take more than the dose prescribed to you by your doctor, consult your doctor or health care professional immediately

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI) - Additional Information

What are the things I need to know or look out for while on this medication?

  • Avoid driving or any other activities that requires concentration until you see how this drug affects you
  • Inform your other healthcare providers that you are taking this medicine as well.
  • Do not share your medicines with others
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about your medication

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