I think that he should at least give it a try. Chances are it wont take full effect until four to six weeks anyway. If there is any side effects that he can't handle, he can call the doctor and try something else.
So I think that you are right in wanting him to give it a try.
I know how hard it is when your partner is suffering from depression. But it does sound like he is trying to take measures to make himself and you safe during this trying time.
I don't think that the doctor would give him something if he didn't think he needed it. So hopefully he will take it and you will see some changes. It has to be better than the way he is feeling now.
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