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As with any medication, there are possible side effects that can occur while taking a tricyclic antidepressant. Side effects that are commonly reported can include drowsiness, nausea, and headaches. If you experience more serious side effects of tricyclic antidepressants, such as hallucinations, seizures, or suicidal thoughts, be sure to report them immediately to your healthcare provider.
An Overview of Side Effects of Tricyclic AntidepressantsAs with any type of medicine, there are possible side effects with tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). However, not everyone who takes a tricyclic antidepressant will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the medication well. When people do develop side effects, in many cases they are minor, meaning they require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
Common Side Effects of Tricyclic AntidepressantsEach tricyclic antidepressant has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials in which the side effects of a group of people taking the drug are documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
- Dry mouth (see Tricyclic Antidepressants and Dry Mouth)
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Difficulty urinating
- Shakiness (tremors)
- Blurred vision
- Sexual side effects
- Increased sweating
- Loss of appetite