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25 What are the side-effects of some of the commonly used antidepressants?




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This article is from the Depression FAQ, by Cynthia Frazier with numerous contributions by others.

25 What are the side-effects of some of the commonly used antidepressants?

Below is a list of some of the more frequently prescribed antidepressants, and their most common side effects. The figure following each side effect is the percentage of people taking the medication who experience that side effect.

Aventyl (nortriptyline): Dry mouth (15); Constipation (15); Weakness-fatigue (10); Tremor (10).

Effexor (venlafaxine) Nausea (35); Headache (25); Sleepiness (25); Dry mouth (20); Insomnia (20); Constipation (15).

Elavil (amitriptyline): Dry mouth (40); Drowsiness (30); Weight gain (30); Constipation (25); Sweating (20).

Nardil (phenelzine): dry mouth (30); insomnia (25); Increased heart rate (25); Lowered blood pressure (20); Sedation (15); Over stimulation (10);

Norpramin (desipramine): dry mouth (15); increased pulse (15); constipation (10); reduced blood pressure (10).

Pamelor - see Aventyl

Parnate (tranylcypromine) Dry mouth (20); Insomnia (20); Increased pulse rate (20); Lowered blood pressure (15); Over stimulation (15); Sedation (15).

Paxil (paroxetine): Decreased sexual interest and/or problems achieving orgasm (30); Nausea (25); Sedation (25); Dizziness (15) Insomnia (15)

Prozac (fluoxetine): Decreased sexual interest and/or problems achieving orgasm (30); Nausea (20); Headache (20); Nervousness (15); Insomnia (15); Diarrhea (15).

Sinequan (doxepin): Dry mouth (40); Sedation (40); Weight gain (30); Lowered blood pressure (25); Constipation (25); Sweating (20).

Tofranil (imipramine): Dry mouth (30), Reduced blood pressure (30), Constipation (20), Difficulty with urination (15).

Wellbutrin (bupropion): Agitation (30); Weight loss (25), Dizziness (20); Decreased appetite (20);

Zoloft (sertraline): Decreased sexual interest and/or problems achieving orgasm (30);Nausea (25); Headache (20); Diarrhea (20); Insomnia 15); Dry mouth (15); Sedation (15).

 

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