Initiating and Titrating Antidepressants
In the US, most antidepressant prescriptions are written by non-psychiatric providers. Therefore it is important that PCPs understand practices for prescribing. The indications for these medications include unipolar depression, anxiety disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder, and eating disorders.
The selection of antidepressants is usually based on:
- Presenting symptom profile
- Side effects, potential drug interactions, and comorbidities
- Response to previous trials
- Patient preference
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