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Doctor insights on: Non Addictive Antidepressants With Few Side Effects

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What side effects do antidepressants have?

Potential side: Effects vary significantly depending on the class on antidepressants or the specific medication. If you let us know more specifics - we can provide accurate & detailed info. ...Read more

Dr. Vasu Brown
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What are the negative side effects of antidepressants?

What are the negative side effects of antidepressants?

It depends: The answer to this depends on the specific antidepressant you're asking about, as they're not all the same. If you can please tell us which medication you're wondering about, we can provide a better answer. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are side effects of antidepressants?

Need expert help here. What are side effects of antidepressants?

Many possible: This is an extremely wide question, as side effects depend on the particular antidepressant you're asking about. If you can please tell us which antidepressant you mean, we can respond more helpfully. Thank you. ...Read more

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Having side effects from taking the antidepressant clomipramine. What can I do?

Having side effects from taking the antidepressant clomipramine. What can I do?

Try another med: Clomipramine was an early medication researched for ocd treatment. However the results were modest, other members of the ssri family provide more benefits with fewer side effects. ...Read more

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Any insights for why can't some people have antidepressants with no side effects?

Medication: Medications act differently. Some people have reaction to Tylenol, (acetaminophen) while some don't. This can also happen with anti-depressants. I hope this answers your question. Best! ...Read more

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What does "confusion" mean within the context of the side effects of antidepressants?

Disorientation: The word confusion is attempting to describe a disconnect between thoughts and understanding that can lead to a feeling of disorientation. It also involves at time a lack of awareness of the time, place and situation that you are present dealing with. Some antidepressants may lead to this feeling. ...Read more

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Can you tell me any possible side effects for taking antidepressant with sleep pills?

Can you tell me any possible side effects for taking antidepressant with sleep pills?

It depends on: Which antidepressant and which sleep medication it is. Please provide us with more information and re-ask. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some possible side effects for taking antidepressant with sleep pills?

Can you tell me some possible side effects for taking antidepressant with sleep pills?

Side effects: The most common problem will be potentiation of sedating side effects. ...Read more

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Why do antidepressants cause side effects and even cause some people to commit suicide?

Why do antidepressants cause side effects and even cause some people to commit suicide?

I don't know of any: Antidepressants that are placebos. I think that outside of medical research (with informed consent of participants) that deliberate use of a non-medicinal (stating that it is a medication) is probably considered unethical. ...Read more

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Recommendations for antidepressant with fewest side effects? Celexa (citalopram) no affect on me when I tried it a few years ago. S.A.D. Is an issue for me.

If your problem is: Seasonal effective disorder then you are likely to have better results with a medication like wellbutrin (bupropion). Discuss with your physician. ...Read more

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What are antidepressant side effects?

Please let us know: Which antidepressant you are referring to. Each antidepressant medication has different potential side effects. You can clarify and re-ask. ...Read more

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What to do if antidepressant side effects?

Call: Call your doctor and discuss if stopping the medication would be appropriate and if possibly finding an alternative would be possible. Depends on the side effect as well. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of antidepressants?

What are the side effects of antidepressants?

Depends on med: Different medications have different side effects. Ssris are most known for weight gain, nausea, headache, and sexual side effects. Wellbutrin (bupropion) may increase anxiety and increase risk of seizures. Remeron is sedating and may increase appetite. Ask your doctor about side effects for your medication. All can increase suicidal thoughts in adolescents and young adults. ...Read more

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How do antidepressants work? What are the side effects?

Your question is: Way too broad. Since there are multiple classes of antidepressants & multiple different medications - you would need to ask about a specific medication. The question you asked could take volumes to respond to. ...Read more

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Which antidepressants have the least side effects? Thank you!

Everyone's different: If there was one answer to this question, everyone would be given the same antidepressant! Instead we choose antidepressants to minimize the side effects most likely to disturb that specific patient. E.G., a sedating antidepressant is good if a patient can't sleep, but bad if a patient can't stay awake. Modern antidepressants are about equal on average — but no one is "average". ...Read more

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How ssris antidepressant works and do they cause side effects?

How ssris antidepressant works and do they cause side effects?

More serotonin: Ssris increase the amount of serotonin in the synapes between the neurons in your brain. This increase in serotonin helps depressive symptoms, showing an effect in 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks for full effect. Short term side effects include mild nausea and headaches for a few days to a week, while more long term side effects include increased appetite and decreased libido and delayed ejaculation for men. ...Read more

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Are there long term side effects with use of antidepressants?

Mostly reversible: Most of the adverse effects with anti-depressants are felt to be reversible, as in resolve when you stop the medication. ...Read more

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How fast do side effects show up when you're on antidepressants?

Rather quickly: Side effects are usually quick to appear within days or weeks but sexual side effects are usually later. ...Read more

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How long after your first dose of antidepressants do you get side effects?

Depends: It depends on which antidepressant, and which side effect. Often the side effects are noticeable before the benefits, so it is important to have a good relationship with your doctor so you can ask questions and stick it through until the benefits kick in. ...Read more

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What is a good antidepressant/antianxiety med with the least side effects?

That depends: Does the individual have typical or atypical depressive symptoms? I think you might have been the person who had difficulty on Lexapro - that often has less side effects for people. However, just because you had significant side effects on one selective serotonergic reuptake inhibitor does not necessarily mean that you won't be able to tolerate others. ...Read more

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Are side effects of antidepressants rare and how long will it take to see if I will have any?

SE, how soon?: Most antidepressants are known to cause some uncomfortable, usual non-lethal although very uncomfortable. SE are more frequent at the early stage, usually the first week. Less frequently there is total intolerance, and an alternative SSRI could be more tolerable. Late side effects are less frequent. ...Read more

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Can someone be on antidepressants his whole life? Can this actually happen? Long term side effects?

Very much so: Some people have mood disorders that are "temporary" and are fine with just short term medications. Other people do require long term, even life long antidepressant therapy. It basically has similar effects as short term therapy. You should always feel comfortable reviewing with your psychiatrist possibly stopping or decreasing medications. Again every person is different. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What to do if I had to go cold turkey off my antidepressant. What can be some of the side effects of this?

What to do if I had to go cold turkey off my antidepressant. What can be some of the side effects of this?

DEPENDS: It largely depends on dose of medication and type of medications you were taking. Some medication, like Prozac (fluoxetine) has long half life, therefore, it eliminates from the body slowly and has no or minimal withdrawal symptoms. Generally, highter the dose, withdrwal symptoms are more prominent. ...Read more

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Can you tell me some negative side effects of antidepressants in general- not one medication specifically?

See below: There are several different antidepressant medications that are very different, so side effect profiles vary depending on the class and specific medication.
Drowsiness, dry mouth, blurry vision, constipation, dry eyes may occur with tricyclics. Sexual dysfunction and nausea is seen commonly with ssri's, less so with snri's. Some people experience a little stimulation with fluoxetine and bupropion. ...Read more

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I have tried 3 antidepressants and all have given me bad side effects. Could increasing the dosage help or should I keep trying different ones?

Speak to doctor: To see if you would benefit from dose adjustment of current medication. I would l aso advise seeing a behavioral psychotherapist for ongoing CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy. Both medicine and therapeutic counseling are additive and effective. ...Read more

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I am an MBBS class topper & will be taking my exam in september. But feel short term memory now so need antidepressant which are without side effects?

I am an MBBS class topper & will be taking my exam in september. But feel short term memory now so need antidepressant which are without side effects?

Sleep and relax: What you need is good sleep and try to relax. Your brain is fatigued. No medicine can help you better than a good plan for next 3 months. Do not let anxiety ruin your progress so far. Stay confident, sleep at least 8h/24 h, eat well, do not forget physical exercise. Talk about your progress with your friends. Good luck with your exam! ...Read more

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What are effective treatments for side effects of antidepressants?

Not a rare problem: Most antidepressant meds have adverse event potential, but since various meds have somewhat differing profiles, might propose consideration for a different drug. Discuss your reactions with your doctor and make some decisions. ...Read more

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When before side effects from antidepressant wear off?

Depends: Nausea and headaches tend to last only a few days, up to a week. Sometimes the sedation may take a few weeks to acclimate. Some, like sexual dysfunction do not wear off, and stay with the person until they stop the medication. ...Read more

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How do antidepressants affect breastfeeding? (supply, side effects)

Secreted milk: Most antidepressants are secreted in milk and they don't seem to interfere with supply of milk. They do not cause any physical side effects to the baby. However it is unknown if they cause any long term effects on baby. ...Read more