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What are the side effects of antidepressants?

It’s important to be well-informed about the possible side effects of antidepressants before starting your treatment. This list includes common side effects of antidepressants:

  • Insomnia
  • Sleepiness during the day
  • Restlessness
  • Weight gain
  • Diminished sexual interest, desire, performance and satisfaction
  • Headaches 
  • Joint pain and muscle pain
  • Muscle spasms/twitching
  • Dry mouth
  • Profuse sweating
  • Skin rashes
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea 
  • An upset stomach
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Suicidal thinking and suicidal behaviour (applies to children, adolescents and young adults)

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Do antidepressants work?

The most common form of antidepressant medication, Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), works for about 50-60% of people. This means that around 50-60%