Home > Health & Wellness > Health Library > Questions Your Doctor May Ask Before Prescribing Medicine for Depression in Children and Teens
Antidepressant medicines often work well, but they do have some risks
and side effects. Their use may increase the risk of suicide, especially in the
first few weeks of use. If your child starts antidepressants, be sure to be
aware of this risk and get help if you see any of the warning signs.
Before prescribing medicine, your doctor will check your child for
possible suicidal thoughts by asking a few questions. Some of the questions
your doctor may ask your child include:
Current as of:
May 3, 2013
John Pope, MD - Pediatrics & David A. Axelson, MD - Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
How this information was developed to help you make better health decisions.
To learn more, visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Call First Nurse 24 Hours a Day for free health care advice, resources and referrals!
Ames: 515-239-6877In Iowa: 800-524-6877
Search health information online in our Mulimedia Health Library.
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
Patient Privacy |
Net Learning for Employees |
MGMC PACS for Physicians
1111 Duff Avenue Ames, IA 50010 - 515-239-2011 - firstname.lastname@example.org
©2014 Mary Greeley Medical Center - All rights reserved.