Getting Antidepressants for Anxiety and Depression

What are antidepressants?

Antidepressant medications are typically prescribed to help with depression and anxiety symptoms. However, each antidepressant will work in different ways to ease your symptoms. Understanding how different anxiety and depression medications work can be helpful when seeking advice from your provider!

Learn about the most commonly prescribed antidepressants and how to get depression and anxiety medication prescribed online by a licensed provider.

Common antidepressants

Prozac (fluoxetine) is one of the more common medications prescribed for depression in the US and FDA-approved for younger children. It is also used to treat obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic attacks, and bulimia.

Paxil (paroxetine) is used to treat depression, anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD). Paxil is a more potent SSRI than Prozac. It can help to reduce anxiety, decrease fear, subside unwanted thoughts, and the frequency of panic attacks.

Zoloft (sertaline) is commonly prescribed to treat depression, panic disorder,  post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), social anxiety disorder, and other phobias.

Lexapro (escitalopram), similar to Prozac, is one of the few SSRIs that's been approved by the FDA for younger people. Lexapro has been shown to be effective in treating depression and generalized anxiety disorder.

Wellbutrin (buproprion) is used to treat depression and seasonal affective disorder. It is also prescribed for smoking cessation. Compared to SSRIs, Wellbutrin is less likely to cause sexual side effects and weight gain.

Effexor (venlafaxine) is one of the most commonly prescribed serotonin and norpinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). It is as effective as other antidepressants in treating depression. Effexor can be used to treat depression, anxiety, panic attacks, and society anxiety disorder (social phobia).

How do I know which antidepressant is best for me?

The type of medication prescribed will depend on the following:

  • your particular symptoms
  • other medicines you are currently taking
  • other health conditions
  • potential side effects
  • other considerations that will emerge when you speak with your provider

Generally, you will begin by taking the medication at a low dosage. The dosage is then increased incrementally until it has reached the therapeutic dose, or until you begin to note improvement. Keep in mind that what works for someone else might not work for you.

Common side effects of antidepressants

While antidepressants can reduce depression symptoms, side effects are not uncommon. Any persistent and troubling side effects can be treated through dose reduction, changing the administration time, or switching to a different antidepressant. 

Side effects include:

  • nausea
  • increased appetite or weight gain
  • fatigue or drowsiness
  • insomnia
  • dry mouth
  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • restlessness or agitation

If you have any questions or concerns about your side effects, it’s important to reach out to your prescriber as soon as you can!

Can I get antidepressants prescribed online?

Yes, however antidepressants need to be prescribed by a doctor. With telehealth, you can schedule and see your prescribing provider online through video or phone call. Cerebral’s team of licensed prescribing provider can diagnose your condition and prescribe an antidepressant that works best for you.

If prescribed, your medication is shipped directly to your door.

Which antidepressants does Cerebral prescribe?

Cerebral offers the following medications (this list is not exhaustive):

  • Celexa (citalopram)
  • Cymbalta (duloxetine)
  • Desyrel (trazodone)
  • Effexor (venlafaxine)
  • Lexapro (escitalopram)
  • Luvox (fluvoxamine)
  • Paxil (paroxetine)
  • Prestiq (desvenlafaxine)
  • Prozac (fluoxetine)
  • Wellbutrin (bupropion)
  • Zoloft (sertraline)

Speak to your Cerebral prescriber to understand if there are other antidepressants that are more suitable for you.

Therapy for depression

Behavioral therapy empowers you to understand your depression and gives you the skills to help handle your symptoms. The most common therapies for depression are cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy.

With CBT, you learn how to make positive changes in your thoughts and behaviors. In interpersonal therapy, you learn how to communicate better with others as you explore problems that contribute to your depression. Both types of therapy can be paired with prescription medication for the most effective results.

How do I know if I have depression or anxiety?

If you are unsure about your symptoms, take our free online depression quiz. Understanding your depression and anxiety symptoms will help better inform your conversation with a prescriber. Cerebral offers a free emotional assessment as an initial screening to help you get started.

Start depression and anxiety treatment with Cerebral today

With telehealth, you can receive mental health care for depression and anxiety online. Prescription management, counseling, and therapy are all available at the click of a button.

Cerebral provides easy, online access to prescribing providers and behavioral health therapists. With three full-service subscription plans, you can get long-term support from a care team that’s custom-designed to you—always at an affordable price. This is high-quality mental health care wherever and whenever you want it, without the stigma, wait times, or stress.

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