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Explains what psychiatric drugs are, what to know before taking them, and information on side effects and coming off medication.
Drugs don't work the same way for everyone, so when your doctor is deciding which medication to offer you, it's not always possible for them to predict exactly which one will suit you best.
It's important to make sure you find a medication that works for you.
"I have been on a number of medications and found that my symptoms got much worse on some, but better with others. "
To help you do this you can:
"It took several trials of different medications at different strengths before the right combination worked for me… The message from my experience is not to give up on medication because one drug doesn’t work. It may take a while and you may have to try different drugs before you find what is right for you. "
This information was published in 2016. We will revise it in 2019.
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