What Are the Side Effects?In general, the newer types of antidepressants (such as SSRIs and SNRIs) are less likely to cause side effects than older antidepressants (such as tricyclic antidepressants and MAOIs). However, all antidepressants are capable of causing side effects, which may sometimes be severe. Some of the more well-known antidepressant side effects include:
- Sexual side effects
- Changes in appetite or weight (see Antidepressants and Weight Gain)
- Sleep changes (including both insomnia and drowsiness).
(Click Side Effects of Antidepressants to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Drug Interactions With AntidepressantsMost antidepressants can interact with many different medications. Some of these interactions can be quite serious. For more information, see the information for your particular antidepressant within eMedTV.
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Taking Antidepressants?Although each individual antidepressant carries its own warnings and precautions, in general, you should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using antidepressants if you have:
- Any chronic medical condition
- Bipolar disorder
- A history of suicidal thoughts or behaviors
- Any allergies, including allergies to drugs, foods, preservatives, or dyes.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see Antidepressants and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medicines you are taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.