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Do you know that Antidepressants have side effects. Yup, Bad ones. Scroll down to read about Shocking Facts about Drugs for Depression. There might be some deadly mistakes that you are making.

If you are taking medication for depression, you might be concerned with “antidepressant side effects”. If anyone close to you, for example a friend, a family member or your child takes depression drug, then you want to know the side effects and cons of antidepressants. This blog post will highlight 6 Shocking facts about common and even rare Antidepressant Side effects so that you can manage them when these antidepressant side effects appear.

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FACT # 1 about Antidepressant side effects in Teenagers

Teenagers taking antidepressants are at risk to Suicide

This is weird because Depression can also lead to suicide so Antidepressants should have a non-suicidal effects but the FDA reported that an extensive analysis of clinical trials showed that antidepressants may cause or worsen suicidal thinking or behavior in a small number of children and adolescents. That is why Antidepressants have warnings about suicidal behavior in teenagers. The FDA recommends looking for these signs and symptoms that might be a sign your teen is considering suicide and might be deteriorating psychologically:

  • expression of new or persistent thoughts of suicide
  • suicide attempts
  • new or worsening depression
  • new or worsening anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • insomnia
  • irritability
  • aggressive behavior; acting on dangerous impulses; hyperactivity or other changes of behavior
  • self injury

FACT # 2 about Antidepressant side effects in Pregnancy and Lactation

Taking Antidepressants in pregnancy can lead to Miscarriage, Birth defects and Breathing problem in the newborn

There are a number of doctors and Research reports that allow the use of Antidepressant in pregnancy because they believe that although there is some risk associated with antidepressant use, the risk of untreated depression may be even greater. Nevertheless many health care physician fail to realize that there are a lot of natural treatments for depression that pose no risk to the developing child in pregnancy. Antidepressant use in pregnancy can cause miscarriages. There appears to be a slightly increased risk of first trimester miscarriage with the use of SSRI antidepressants. The background risk of miscarriage for all pregnancies at this time is around 9%. There is more information in this Antidepressants side effects pdf booklet

FACT # 3 about Antidepressants and their side effects

Antidepressant can make you fat

ADHD Drugs can lead to weight loss which maybe attractive for some people. But ADHD and ADD drug induced weight loss is temporary and weight becomes normal after taking ADHD medication for some time. On the other hand, Antidepressants have reportedly plays an important role in weight gain. For example, if a person is already depressed about his/her weight and looks, antidepressants will actually make home/her gain more weight. As a psychologist, I recommend that instead of using drugs for depression it is better to explore natural remedies for Depression.

FACT # 4 about Antidepressants and their side effects

Antidepressants can lead to Diabetes Type II

As said earlier, Antidepressants make a person gain weight. Consequently, there is a risk for Diabetes Type II. A recent study suggests the use of antidepressants might increase a person’s risk of developing type II diabetes. Frank B of Harvard School of Public Health and his colleagues conducted the analysis and discovered that using antidepressant medications was associated with a 68% increased risk for developing type 2 diabetes. Prior studies have associated the use of antidepressants with type 2 diabetes. Read more about this Research study at Disabled-World Website. There is also an excellent chart of All Antidepressant side effects in the aforementioned website



FACT # 5 about Antidepressants and their side effects

Zoloft and Alcohol a Dangerous Mixture

Several arguments have been made regarding Zoloft, also known as sertraline, and alcohol and if they can be mixed.  Studies have shown that certain foods can actually help the body absorb Zoloft, however, the manufacturers of Zoloft do not recommend  drinking alcohol while on the medication. Zoloft and alcohol together can cause slow reflexes, cloudy judgment, fatigue or drowsiness and these symptoms can come on suddenly, without any warning.  There is even a possibility that you can feel even more depressed after drinking alcohol than normal. Read more about Zoloft Warnings if combined with Alcohol.

At Zoloft Homepage, it is said

“Do not take the ZOLOFT liquid formulation if you take Antabuse® (disulfiram) due to the alcohol content of the liquid form of ZOLOFT.”


“Drinking alcohol while taking ZOLOFT is not recommended.”


FACT # 6 about Antidepressants and their side effects

Anti depressant can make you feel high

So there is a probability of drug abuse in teenagers as well as adults. When stress increases, depressed people may take higher quantities of drugs even more than what is prescribed. An anti depressant usually fires up the synapses in the brain, where depressants slow them down. These both can be used to “get you high” in Physical sense. A blogger once said “Antidepressanst make Ecstasy look like caffeine”.

Life is full of stress, pills are not the only solution. Alas, our medical system recommends pills and medicines in all problems. Even people consider Depression Drugs as their last hope. A depressed person needs support, friends and family. A lot of love. Some sort of hobby. A problem solving approach that makes life easier. Stress Management techniques so that everything seems conquerable. A tendency to overlook petty things and matters. A core of happiness in a persons chest that gives spiritual satisfaction. Can pills give you all that? Depression needs to be cared for, not stuffed up.  Depression should be healed in all ways. There are numerous methods to help with depression. Every person has individual needs so some healing techniques may work for one person and may not work for another. Why not find out what is the best for you?

Side Effects of not Taking Antidepressants

You are taking antidepressants and you are not happy with the gruesome side effects. Giving up antidepressants abruptly might be dangerous too. This is because of the “Discontinuation symptom of giving up antidepressants” which are a recurrence of Depression, being paranoid and suicidal, nightmares, tremors, brain shivers(electric shock like feeling to the brain)  and a very long and frightening listSo if you are thinking of exploring other depression treatments and therapies, please consult your physician first. Make a plan and quit antidepressants gradually. Some antidepressant like Paxil, Celexa, Zoloft and Lexapro are hardest to quit and can make a person psychotic. So be really careful, seek support of physician, family and depression support group. Also consider other Depression treatment approaches like the ones mentioned below. If you are seeking psychotherapy, natural therapy, hypnotherapy, homeopathic or any other form of therapy (while discontinuing antidepressants)  than you are less likely to have a relapse.

The Complete “Antidepressant Side effects List”

The Common side effects of Antidepressants are mentioned in this List.

  • Nausea
    Nausea can occur during the first few weeks of taking antidepressants, and may be relieved by eating smaller meals more frequently, taking antacids or drinking clear fluids.
  • Weight Gain
    Antidepressants may cause weight gain from retaining fluids or as a result of improvement of poor appetites that were caused by the depression.
  • Sexual Dysfunction
    Decreased interest in sex, problems with erectile dysfunction and inability to have an orgasm are side effects of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs).
  • Fatigue
    Antidepressants may cause drowsiness and fatigue that may be mild to severe. This side effect can be minimized by taking medications close to bed time.
  • Insomnia
    While some people experience fatigue, others may get a boost of energy from antidepressants and experience insomnia.
  • Vision Problems
    Tricyclic antidepressants may dry the eyes and cause blurred or double vision, especially during the first few weeks of use.
  • Constipation
    Antidepressants can disrupt digestion and cause bloating, gas and constipation. According to the Mayo Clinic, this can be minimized by drinking plenty of fluids and eating foods high in fiber.

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How to avoid Antidepressants Side effects?

One option is to wait for the side effects to go away. These side effects of Antidepressants are minimized within some weeks. Another option is to explore natural remedies for Depression. Seeing a psychologist to uncover the real problem and “Unfinished business” can help with rooting out Depression completely. Keeping a Diary and noting down possible triggers of Depression and Feelings help a lot of people. Doing something that makes your Depression go away and gets you a smile is highly recommended. Moreover, a Depression support group is also a good idea. Listening to Scientific music especially designed for Depression is the easiest and most successful way to combat depression. There are lots of tried and tested natural remedies for Depression too. All the above mentionedtechniques are better than taking antidepressants because they do not have any side effects. They are not expensive at all. They have helped a lot of people and maybe one anti-depressant technique will change your life too.


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