Know More About Antidepressants

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If you are being treated for depression ranging from moderate to severe, your doctor or psychiatrist may have been prescribed antdepressant medication for you. When they work well, they help to alleviate symptoms and, along with other approaches such as speech therapy, an important part of treatment.

One way antidepressants work is by changing the balance of certain chemicals in your brain. And, as with all other drugs, these changes can cause side effects. Some, such as jitteriness, strange dreams, dry mouth, and diarrhea usually goes away after one or two weeks – if not, may be better to switch to another drug. Others, such as decreased sexual desire, can last longer.

One way antidepressants work is by changing the balance of certain chemicals in your brain. And, as with all other drugs, these changes can cause side effects. Some, such as jitteriness, strange dreams, dry mouth, and diarrhea usually goes away after one or two weeks – if not, may be better to switch to another drug. Others, such as decreased sexual desire, can last longer.

Not everyone has the same side effects. And certain antidepressants do not cause the same side effects at all. Many things, including genetic or existing health conditions, can affect the way you respond to take antidepressants.

It’s important to keep track of side effects and discuss them you’re your doctor. Finding solutions to reduce or possibly eliminate the impact of severe side effects safely so that side effects can impact minimal.

Common Side Effects of Antidepressants
Antidepressants can sometimes cause a variety of unpleasant side effects, including:
• nausea
• increased appetite and weight
• loss of sexual desire and other sexual problems, such as erectile dysfunction and decreased orgasm
• fatigue and sleepiness
• insomnia
• dry mouth
• blurred vision
• constipation
• dizziness
• agitation
• irritability
• anxiety

One of the more common “though not often talk about” side effects decreased interest in sex or decreased ability to have orgasms. About half the patients receiving SSRIs reported symptoms associated with sex, says Bradley N Gaynes, MD, MPH, professor of psychiatry at the University of North Carolina.

One way to overcome these symptoms is to add various types of antidepressants or even a cure for erectile dysfunction, Gaynes says. But it is also possible that switching to another antidepressant will make these symptoms go. Never stop taking an antidepressant without discussing with your doctor. Stopping suddenly can cause serious problems that new.

 

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