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Experience:  Psy.D. in Clinical Forensic Psychology with a background in treating severe mental illnesses.
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Can messing up your antidepressant OKMH526100

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Can messing up your antidepressant dosages over long periods of time cause long-term issues? I often forget to take doses and I'm afraid it's going to mess up my brain chemistry or make the medication less effective. I've been having more issues with my
depression lately, almost certainly from this same problem.
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  Dr. Z replied 2 years ago.
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Hello, I believe I may be able to help you with your question. Taking an antidepressant inconsistently will not harm your brain chemistry at all, but it will lessen the effectiveness of the medication and increase the chance that your body will adapt and develop a tolerance to the medication, which will make the medication useless. So while your neurochemistry is not going to be harmed in the long-term, the use of that particular antidepressant may become less effective in the long-run and force you to switch to another antidepressant. Antidepressants have to be taken consistently on a daily basis because the medication has to build up in your system to be truly effective, anything less than consistent use will lower the effectiveness of the medication and cause your depressive symptoms to continue to be bothersome.
I hope this answers your questions and gives you some guidance on this issue. I wish you all the best with your treatment and I hope your depressive symptoms lessen very soon.
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