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Basic Guide To The Side Effects Of Antidepressant

Aug 30, 2008
Antidepressants are the drugs or medication that is used to relieve depression. Everyone goes through some or similar phase. There are two types of depression one is the clinical and the other the normal depression which comes our way everyday.

It is generally because of the incidences that occur in our life when we are not happy about it. But then there is one more thing called as the clinical depression which involves intense sadness, melancholia or despair.

This condition has to be treated with the medicines otherwise it shows changes in the social behavior of the human beings. But there are some side effects associated with these drugs or medicines.

The side effects of the antidepressants are different on different people. For some people these effects may be minor while for some people these effects are major. The side effects may be more depressing in some cases than the actual condition itself. But the medication cannot be changed despite of these side effects because there is no other alternative medicine available to treat that kind of condition.

The side effects generally include dry mouth, urinary retention, sleep disruption, constipation, sedation, abdominal pain, agitation, anxiety, nausea, weight gain, gastro intestinal disturbances, inability to achieve erection, blurred vision and loss of libido.
There are different types of drugs used to treat depression. Different drugs have different side effects.

The SSRI medicine that is used to treat the condition can be very dangerous at times when it is to be taken with some other medicines. This can cause side effects like diarrhea, nausea, headaches and some sexual problems. The one taking the SSRI medication can also suffer from seratonergic syndrome.

Also there is one more drug called as the TCA (tricyclic antidepressants) which also results in side effects. This results in dry mouth, blurred vision, dizziness, drowsiness, skin rash, weight gain or weight loss as well as some sexual problems. The MAOIs that is the monoamine oxidase inhibitor cause problems such as liver inflammation, heart attack, stroke and seizures.

Thus there are a number of side effects that are associated with the medicines of depression. So one has to always take the antidepressants, only when, prescribed by the doctor. Also in some cases when there are options to treat a particular type of depression, one can go for that to try whether that can reduce the severity of the side effects.
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