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Side Effects of Antidepressants

Posted Mar 22nd, 2012 by Patient Assistance Team
Millions of Americans suffer from depression. Fortunately, the mental health community andthe medical industry has made great strides in identifying risk factors, treatment and preventivemeasures to keep depression under control.

One of the most popular ways to treat depression is through prescription medication. Whilemedication has provided relief to so many individuals who have diagnosed depression, they alsocome with side effects.

Even though the side effects vary greatly on the kind of antidepressant taken, here are a list ofsome of the most common ones:







Decreased sexual interest



Dry mouth


Weight gain

Sometimes the side effects can be so severe or uncomfortable that a person decides to stoptaking the medication and gets prescribed an alternative. But you should never stop taking yourantidepressant or reduce its dosage without getting approval from your medical provider first.Doing so can be dangerous to your health and well-being.

Choosing an antidepressant medication is a complex decision – one that takes into accountyour health status, age, gender and lifestyle. Therefore learning as much as you can about thevarious medications that are available to you, including the risk for side effects, is a necessarycomponent in being an active participant in your level of wellness.