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Depression: Dealing With Medicine Side Effects

Side effects are a common problem for people who take antidepressants. If you are bothered by side effects, reading this information can help you learn more about how to cope with them.

  • Most side effects are temporary and will go away after you take the medicine for a few weeks.
  • Some side effects may not go away, but usually there are ways you can learn to manage these problems.
  • If the side effects bother you, your doctor may be able to lower your dose or change your medicine.
  • Do not suddenly quit taking your medicine. That could cause withdrawal symptoms or a return of your depression.
  • Be aware of possible serious side effects of antidepressants, such as chest pain or a serious allergic reaction, and call your doctor right away if you notice any.

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Other Works Consulted

  • National Institute of Mental Health (2010, reprinted 2012). Mental Health Medications (NIH Publication No. 12-3929). Bethesda, MD: National Institute of Mental Health. Available online: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/mental-health-medications/index.shtml.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Last RevisedJanuary 11, 2013

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Last Updated: January 11, 2013
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