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How Do SSRIs Work?SSRIs affect a specific chemical within the brain known as serotonin. This is one of several chemicals used to send messages from one nerve cell to another.
When and How Do I Take Them?Some general considerations for when and how to take SSRI medications include the following:
- SSRIs are taken by mouth, usually once a day.
- If your medication makes you drowsy, try taking it at night. If you experience insomnia due to your SSRI, try taking it in the morning.
- You can take these drugs with or without food. If your SSRI bothers your stomach, try taking it with food.
- These medications should be taken at the same time each day to maintain an even level in your blood.
- For SSRIs to work properly, they must be taken as prescribed. Your medication will not work if you stop taking it.
Dosing InformationThe dose of SSRI your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- The specific type of SSRI
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.