Sunday, 14 June 2020

Side Effects of Antidepressants

It can be quite hard to disentangle the side effects of antidepressants from the symptoms of anxiety/depression.

Here are some of the common side effects of antidepressants:
  • nausea
  • increased appetite
  • decreased appetite
  • fatigue or drowsiness
  • insomnia
  • oversleeping
  • dry mouth
  • constipation
  • blurred vision
  • agitation
  • anxiety
  • suicidal thoughts
  • irritability
  • erectile dysfunction
  • amnesia
  • cognitive impairment
  • indecision
  • dizziness 
  • shaking
  • tingling
  • numbness
  • ringing in ears
  • stomach pain
  • muscle pain
  • weight gain
  • weight loss
  • sweating
  • wind
  • rash
  • seizures
  • diarrhoea 
  • edema
  • headaches
  • vomiting
  • altered heart beat
  • depression

As you can see several of these: insomnia, decreased appetite, increased appetite, indecision, fatigue, cognitive impairment and suicidal thoughts are all classic symptoms of depression. I remember when I was on antidepressants that I had trouble knowing whether I was coming or going. Part of me wanted to come off them again in order to work out which of my symptoms were really depression related and which were antidepressant related.

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