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Make sure you know about each of the medicines you take. This includes why you take it, how to take it, what you can expect while you're taking it, and any warnings about the medicine.
The information provided here is general. So be sure to read the information that came with your medicine. If you have any questions or concerns, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
Antidepressants are used to help the symptoms of major depression.
They are also used for many other health conditions. These include pain, anxiety, and hot flashes.
Here are some examples of antidepressants. For each item in the list, the generic name is first, followed by any brand names.
This is not a complete list of antidepressants.
Antidepressants help restore the normal balance of brain chemicals and help regulate your mood. When these brain chemicals are in proper balance, your depression may get better.
Some people may have an upset stomach, feel dizzy, or be constipated. Some may have a change in sexual desire or ability.
General information about side effects
All medicines can cause side effects. Many people don't have side effects. And minor side effects sometimes go away after a while.
But sometimes side effects can be a problem or can be serious.
If you're having problems with side effects, talk to your doctor. He or she may be able to lower your dose or change to a different medicine.
Always be sure you get specific information on the medicine you're taking. For a full list of side effects, check the information that came with the medicine you're using. If you have questions, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
Cautions for antidepressants include the following:
Cautions for all medicines
Always tell your doctor or pharmacist about all the medicines you take. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs, and supplements. That information will help prevent serious problems.
Always be sure you get specific information on the medicine you're taking. For a full list of warnings, check the information that came with the medicine you're using. If you have questions, talk to your pharmacist or doctor.
Current as of: May 28, 2019
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Adam Husney, MD - Family MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
Current as of:
May 28, 2019
Medical Review:Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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