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How do medications treat seasonal affective disorder?

The most common medications used to treat seasonal affective disorder (SAD) are antidepressants such as bupropion, paroxetine, sertaline, fluoxetine and venlafaxine. These medications are taken by mouth to help balance serotonin and melatonin levels in the brain. However, each medication has its own side effects that can affect people differently, so it's important to follow doctor's recommendations for taking corticosteroids. Most symptoms will alleviate with continued use as antidepressants can take several weeks to work effectively.

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