Almost all antidepressants have certain side effects. If you are taking meds and you are suffering from side effects of antidepressants, this article will help you cope with them.
It is important to know and understand:
- In most cases side effects are temporary and go away in several weeks after starting treatment with antidepressants.
- Some of the side effects of antidepressants persist, but you can always learn how to deal with them.
- If you can not cope with the side effects, your doctor may reduce the dose or change it.
- Do not stop taking antidepressants suddenly. This can make symptoms worse and lead to repeated bouts of depression.
- You should be aware of all serious side effects of antidepressants, such as chest pain or an acute allergic reaction, and when they appear you should see your doctor immediately.
- Depression in children and adolescents
- Postpartum depression
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
What are the side effects of antidepressants?
Side effects of each type are different, however, the most common are:
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Sexual problems (loss of interest in sex or erectile dysfunction)
- Sleeping problems (it is difficult to fall asleep or frequent awakenings during the night)
- Sleepiness all day long
Most side effects are temporary and will go away after the first week of taking an antidepressant. However, some of them (for example, dry mouth, constipation, and sexual problems) may bother you for a long period of time. If you have any questions about your medications, consult your doctor.
Different antidepressants cause different side effects. Examine the leaflet of such antidepressants:
- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, such as Prozac, Zoloft, and Paxil.
- Tricyclic and tetracyclic antidepressants, such as Elavil, Pamelor, Maprotiline.
- Atypical antidepressants, such as Wellbutrin, Effexor, and Remeron.
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors, such as Nardil, Marplan, and Parnate.
Why should I continue to take antidepressants if they cause side effects?
Most antidepressants cause minor side effects, which often disappear in the first weeks of taking medication. If you continue to take antidepressants, soon you will feel better and side effects will go away after some period of time. Some patients believe that the positive result of antidepressants is worth it to suffer from minor discomfort caused by side effects.
If the side effects continue to bother you, consult your doctor. Maybe you just need to change the dose or type of antidepressant.
If you are going to change the medication, in any case, you can not stop taking this antidepressant suddenly. It may cause the reoccurrence of symptoms or repeated bouts of depression. Only your doctor can change an antidepressant. You will need to reduce the dose gradually before starting a new drug.
How to cope with side effects of antidepressants?
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