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Handling Side Effects of Antidepressant Medications


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
Side effect What you can do
ConstipationEat cereals and other high-fiber foods (apples, salads, and celery), and drink plenty of fluids.
DizzinessGet up slowly from a lying or sitting position.
Drug interactionDo 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.
Dry mouthUse sugarless gum or candy. Take frequent sips of water throughout the day.
NauseaEat more frequent, smaller meals rather than large meals.
Sleep problemsAvoid 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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ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerLisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
Last RevisedJanuary 12, 2011

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