Antidepressants Weight Loss Side Effects
Antidepressants Weight Loss Side Effects: The Most Common And How To Avoid Them?
The most common side effects of antidepressants are headache, nausea, insomnia, dizziness and fatigue. These are the most likely side effects when taking antidepressants with food or alcohol. If these side effects occur, then it means that your body is not used to the medication and therefore reacts negatively. You might experience other symptoms such as dry mouth, constipation, increased urination and diarrhea. The first week of taking the medication should be carefully monitored by your psychiatrist.
Some rare side effects are rash, itchiness, weight gain or loss and abnormal dreams. In some cases you may experience suicidal thoughts and feelings. This is a medical emergency and you should seek immediate medical attention if you experience this side effect.
There are different types of antidepressants which may cause various side effects. For example, the side effect of sexual dysfunction is common in tricyclic antidepressants. Antidepressants such as Prozac and Zoloft are less likely to cause sexual problems. If you experience any side effects when taking an antidepressant, tell your psychiatrist immediately so that they can prescribe an alternative.
If you develop a rash or other skin irritation then you should let your psychiatrist know immediately. It is possible that the antidepressant is not suitable for you and you may experience a skin irritation. If you experience an allergic reaction, such as difficulty breathing, nausea, dizziness, swelling or itchiness of the tongue, lips or face you should seek immediate medical attention.
You should also go to see your doctor if you experience irregular heartbeat, fainting, seizures, persistent chest pain, difficulty breathing, anxiety or restlessnes that wont go away. It is important to tell your psychiatrist if you are taking any other medication, vitamins or supplements. This includes herbal remedies as some antidepressants can increase the effects of other drugs.
SSRI’s are the most common types of antidepressants that can cause sexual problems. This class of drugs is used to treat PMS, OCD, anxiety, and depression. Some of the most common side effects include:
Decrease in sexual desire or ability to achieve an erection
Decreased stimulation during foreplay and sexual activity
Reduced amount of ejaculate
Vaginal dryness in women
Urge incontinence (involuntary loss of urine with coughing, sneezing, etc)
Decreased skin sensitivity
If you experience any of the above side effects it is very important to let your psychiatrist know immediately. You may benefit from taking a low dose of Wellbutrin to alleviate these symptoms.
Antidepressants And Pregnancy: What You Should Know?
Some women are concerned about taking antidepressants during pregnancy because of the potential risks to the fetus. The most commonly used antidepressants are the SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and include drugs such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa and Lexapro. These drugs are considered safe to take during pregnancy and nursing, but only when the benefits outweigh the potential risks.
It is important to talk with your physician before making a final decision about taking an antidepressant while pregnant or nursing. It is known that untreated depression can cause complications during pregnancy and after the child is born.
Your physician may recommend that you begin taking an antidepressant if you suffer from severe depression during pregnancy. This will usually be discussed with you after a physical examination and possibly some testing to rule out other causes of your depression.
You should never stop taking your medication suddenly as this can lead to serious medical problems. Talk to your physician if you want to stop taking your medication.
It is important to note that some drugs shouldn’t be stopped suddenly due to the problems this could cause. Your physician will discuss a safe way to come off your medication if this is the case.
Does Antidepressant Treatment Lead To Drug Addiction?
Drug addiction and substance abuse are serious problems that affect many people on a daily basis. It is important to understand the differences between drug addiction and antidepressant treatment.
Drug addiction occurs when someone abuses a substance to the point where they can’t function without it. People who suffer from drug addiction often find that they have lost control over their substance use. They may also engage in risky behavior such as drug dealing in order to get the money to buy more of the drug.
Antidepressants are not considered to be drugs that lead to addiction. The antidepressants that are currently available work to correct the levels of serotonin in the brain. They do not produce a “high” like drugs such as cocaine or heroine do.
Drug addiction is a complex condition that needs to be addressed by professionals. If you are concerned that you or someone you know might have a drug addiction, it is important to seek help as soon as possible.
While antidepressants are not drugs that cause addiction, they can lead to other serious medical problems if taken incorrectly. In some cases, these medical problems can be just as serious as those caused by drug addiction.
Serious Side Effects Of Antidepressants: What You Should Know?
The most common side effects of antidepressants are generally not serious and include things such as:
Trouble sleeping (insomnia)
Other possible side effects include things such as:
Loss of interest in sexual activity
Agitation or restlessness
Difficulty getting or staying asleep
Slowed thinking and movement
Shaking or Tremors
Severe Side Effects Of Antidepressants: A Rare but Serious Problem
In some cases antidepressants can cause life-threatening problems. In most cases, the FDA will require that the medication packaging include warnings about this sort of problem.
Some of the serious side effects that can occur include things such as:
Suicidal thoughts. Some antidepressants can cause people to have thoughts about wanting to hurt themselves.
Severe skin rash. This can be a serious problem for some people and might require that the medication be stopped.
An allergic reaction. Allergic reactions can cause anything from hives to a swelling of the tongue, which makes it hard to breath.
Serotonin syndrome. This is a serious condition that can occur when two different medications or a medication and a street drug affect the body’s levels of serotonin. It can cause anything from fever and confusion to hallucinations and coma.
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