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"Slow Build" = fewer side effects PERMANENTLY???

Posted by David Mirtzer on December 15, 1999, at 0:15:03

So many times, including in this month's comments on Celexa, I have seen it said that starting low on an AD and building dosage gradually will minimize side effects. Does this mean that side effect "X" may stay around permanently, or at least a longer period of time, if maintenance dosage is reached fast instead of gradually? Or does it simply mean that the early weeks on the med will be harder to handle and discouraging with the quicker build?

Put another way: If I'm willing to put up with a more "brutal" first month in terms of side effects by building dosage quickly, am I creating some sort of risk in terms of the *longer-term* side effect profile? Or, worse yet, am I jeopardizing the ultimate effectiveness of the drug?




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