Side Effects of SSRIs(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with SSRIs. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of side effects with you. You can also read about specific side effects for each type of SSRI by going to the specific drug within the eMedTV Web site.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible with SSRIs. However, not everyone who takes them will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate them well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
The most common side effects include:
- Dry mouth
- Ejaculation problems
- Increased sweating
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss.
(Click SSRI Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)
What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking an SSRI if you have:
- Bipolar disorder or a family history of bipolar disorder (also known as manic depression)
- A history of suicide attempts or suicidal thoughts
- Had a recent heart attack or if you have unstable heart disease
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Glaucoma (a condition of the eyes)
- Liver disease, including liver failure or cirrhosis
- Kidney problems, including kidney failure (renal failure)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you:
- Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant (see SSRIs and Pregnancy)
- Are breastfeeding (see SSRIs and Breastfeeding)
Be sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
(Click Precautions and Warnings With SSRIs to learn more, including information on who should not take these drugs.)