How long can you live on anti-depressants before they wear out?

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I'm curious of how long you can take anti-depressants before they stop working. I was on Zoloft for 4 weeks and it made me much happier, but evenutally over time my anxiety and depression came back in the 5th week. My doctor has now put me on 100mg I was wondering if it will be the same cycle where it will work for a bit and then i'll have to continue increasing the dosage or that the particular dosage could possibly work best and I can continue using the same dosage for a long amount of time and it's still working. Because I seriously wouldn't mind taking a drug for life. 

If anyone could tell me their experinces it will be much appreicated. smile 

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    These are excellent questions to ask the gp pr doctor who is giving you the meds. Everyone is different.
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    A dose of antidepressant will last a day but it will build up in your body over time.

    My injection for example lasts for a month so you can have depos for two weeks a month or daily oral anti depressants. so if you stopped taking your pills it would not be long before your symptoms returned probably a few days to a week.

    rich

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    Sertraline (zoloft) helped me for 18 years
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    Zoloft 25mg has helped me plus i take lorazepam generic for ativan and trazedone and lamotrigine and my anxieties have been down 

    At times i feel anxious but its helping me 

    Give it time it will help 

    Elizabeth

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    Sertraline is doing  the same with me when increased it is only effective for a couple of weeks then wears off.

    Speak to you doctor

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