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What are the side effects of antidepressants in depression treatment?

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Doctors typically start with medications called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) because they have the fewest side effects. Still, with any antidepressant, you could experience:

  • Nausea
  • Nervousness or trouble sleeping
  • Dry mouth
  • Restlessness
  • Diarrhea or constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness, headaches, or blurred vision
  • Sexual problems, such as trouble keeping an erection or having an orgasm

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health.

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment: “Managing Depressive Symptoms in Substance Abuse Clients During Early Recovery.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Depression.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Depression (major depressive disorder).”

Armstrong, C. , May 2011. American Family Physician

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Depression.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on January 20, 2017

SOURCES:

National Institute of Mental Health.

Center for Substance Abuse Treatment: “Managing Depressive Symptoms in Substance Abuse Clients During Early Recovery.”

Anxiety and Depression Association of America: “Depression.”

The Mayo Clinic: “Depression (major depressive disorder).”

Armstrong, C. , May 2011. American Family Physician

Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.

National Alliance on Mental Illness: “Depression.”

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on January 20, 2017

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