If at all possible, it's wise to look to every avenue before resorting to anti depressants. However, if you or relatives are convinced that you are one of the small core of people who would benefit from these drugs, the HRG suggests that you do the following:
* Have a electrocardiogram done and your blood pressure taken before you start on the drug.
* Begin the medication with a dose of one third to one half the usual adult dose (l5-25 mg) and increase very slowly.
* Make sure your doctor gives you a week's worth of pills at a time, so that you cannot use them to commit suicide.
* Wean yourself off the drugs slowly, over several months, once treatment has been successful.