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SSRIs and Depression (cont.)

Withdrawal and Other SSRI Drug Side Effects

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SSRIs may cause the following side effects:

  • Withdrawal-like symptoms in newborns (Women who take SSRIs in late pregnancy [third trimester] may have newborns who require prolonged hospitalization due to withdrawal-like symptoms such as shortness of breath, constant crying, feeding difficulty, or low blood sugar levels.)
  • Photosensitivity (increased risk of sunburn) (Use protective clothing, such as long sleeves and hats, and sunscreen to decrease the risk of sunburn.)
  • Rash
  • Low blood sodium levels (in people who are dehydrated or taking diuretics)
  • Low blood sugar levels
  • Drowsiness (Caution is advised when operating machinery, driving, or performing other tasks requiring alertness.)
  • Kidney or liver impairment (A doctor may check to see if any kidney or liver impairment exists before prescribing SSRIs.)
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/20/2017

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