Anti-depressant usage has become one of the most common medications used in the United States among active, working adults. For many, the use of anti-depressant medications is necessary to continue to function at work and to maintain a normal and healthy home life. If your doctor has recommended the use of anti-depressant medications, it is important to become familiar with not only the outcome you can expect with the medication but also what side effects you can expect when treating for a mental illness.
Anti-depressant medications come in a variety of chemical compositions and, in today’s realm of mental health treatment, most physicians prescribe medications that are formulated as an extended release. With extended release medications, most individuals with mental health complications find that their symptoms of depression, anxiety, and other illnesses, respond more effectively. Because extended release medications provide for 24 hour support in the treatment of mental illness, you should inquire about these types of medications when speaking with your doctor.
As with most anti-depressant medications, especially those with extended release, there are side effects you can expect to experience while treating for your mental health complications. Typically, mild side effects may include headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and even complications with excessive sleepiness. While these side effects may be bothersome, they are typically not life threatening and, in most cases of anti-depressant usage, the side effects will dissipate over time.
If your find, while taking your extended release anti-depressant, that your symptoms are more severe, and include such things as rapid heart rate, difficulty breathing, or thoughts of suicide, this could indicate that your dosing is too high or that you are on the wrong type of anti-depressant medication. When these symptoms are of concern, be sure to consult your doctor to determine what steps you need to take to discontinue the medication or replace it with another type of anti-depressant extended release formula.
When treating for depression, anxiety, or other mental health complications, it is not uncommon to utilize the formulated extended release anti-depressants on the market today. When considering your options for treatment, be sure you are familiar with all side effects of your medication as this will ensure you have a healthier outcome.
Sources: The Anti-Depressant Fact Book, by Peter Breggin, pp. 176-177