The expert even states in a later sentence that anti-depressants can take as long as 12 - 16 weeks to take effect. It is not only the success of the drug but the dangers of the side effects which should have been addressed.I am 67-years-old and have tried Cymbalta which caused a psychotic episode, Viibryd which caused horrid gastro problems and Prozac which caused severe bruising, total loss of appetite and joint pain.
Note that it can take 4 to 6 weeks for a given antidepressant to take effect in younger people, and sometimes in the elderly the drug must be taken for 12 to 16 weeks before effects are noticed.This answer did not adress depression due to IBS, or a serotonin excess in the gut causing great discomfort. I think the symptoms are psycopsyomatic for the most part. You can get your free fitness analysis at help get your started.I thought tricyclic drugs bypased the serontonin uptake pain the the gut. Medications have side effects...exercise doesn't, for the most part.I googled "best anti-depressant for elderly women".The expert answer here was based on 117 clinical trials over a period of eight weeks - too few, not long enough. Neither were the side effects (hematomas, stroke, falls, etc.) of anti-depressants on elderly addressed.That being said, a recently published meta-analysis looking at 117 clinical trials found that after 8 weeks, the most effective antidepressants were escitalopram (Lexapro), mirtazapine (Remeron), sertraline (Zoloft), and venlafaxine (Effexor).