Handling Side Effects of Antidepressant Medications
You can avoid some of the most common side effects of antidepressant
medications with these tips. Many side effects go away after a few weeks of
treatment as your body adjusts.
Handling the side effects of antidepressant medicines
What you can do
Eat cereals and other high-fiber foods (apples, salads, and
celery), and drink plenty of fluids.
Get up slowly from a lying or sitting position.
Do not use any medications for common illnesses such as the flu or
allergies without first speaking with your doctor or pharmacist. Avoid drinking
alcohol or taking other drugs.
Use sugarless gum or candy. Take frequent sips of water throughout
Eat more frequent, smaller meals rather than large meals.
Avoid caffeine or other stimulants.
FDA Advisory. The U.S. Food and Drug
Administration (FDA) has issued an
advisory on antidepressant medicines and the risk of
suicide. The FDA does not recommend that people stop using these medicines.
Instead, a person taking antidepressants should be watched for
warning signs of suicide. This is especially important
at the beginning of treatment or when the doses are changed.
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