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    What are the side effects of medications prescribed for depression?

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    Like with any medication, some people who take antidepressants to treat their depression also experience side-effects. Many of these side-effects are short-lived and well tolerated; however, people who take antidepressants and experience any of these side-effects should tell their doctor during their reviews. If the side effects are severe, the medication may be inappropriate, please consult your doctor. If mild, the symptoms may well quickly resolve.

    Common side-effects can include: 

    • dry mouth
    • nausea
    • headaches
    • anxiety
    • sweating
    • loss of appetite
    • agitation
    • dizziness
    • sexual difficulties (e.g. difficulty becoming/staying aroused).
    • weight gain
    • difficulties sleeping

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