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Mental Health Medication Side Effects

Are you taking any mental health medicines and want to know what could be the possible side effects of taking them? When it comes to taking any medication, particularly for mental health, you need to be highly careful, and you should start taking medicine after your physician's prescription; otherwise, you may have more serious issues.

Antidepressant

Antidepressants have different types, and there are different kinds of side effects in each type. Furthermore, the severity of downsides may vary from patient to patient. These medications, named antidepressants, are usually given to patients with anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, and chronic pain conditions. In addition, they are also used for managing addictions. So, here we are going to discuss the most common side effects of various antidepressants, so let's delve into it.

Side Effects

SNRIs and SSRIs

●             Nausea

●             Neuroleptic malignant syndrome

●             Serotonin syndrome

●             Suicidal feelings

●             Diabetes

●             Oral health and Tooth decay

●             Headaches

●             Decreased alertness

●             Gastrointestinal bleeding

●             Hypomania or mania

Tricyclic and tricyclic-related antidepressants

The major purpose of tricyclic antidepressants is to treat and manage the depressive disorder.

Side Effects

●             Decreased alertness

●             Serotonin syndrome

●             Syndrome of Inappropriate Antidiuretic Hormone Secretion

●             Hypomania or mania

●             Tooth decay or oral decay

MAOIs

Side effects

 

●             Diabetes

●             Suicidal feelings

●             Neuroleptic malignant syndrome

●             Decreased alertness

 Antipsychotics

Antipsychotic medicines are commonly used to curb the symptoms of psychosis that include hallucinations as well as delusions. Firstly, it is highly important to bear in mind that all the patients who go through this medication may not have to experience all the side effects, but in some patients, there are complaints of some downsides that we are going to enlist below:

Side Effects

●             Eye problems

●             Liver disorders

●             Metabolic syndrome

●             Seizures(fits)

●             Sedation

●             Tardive psychosis

●             Sexual and hormonal problems.

●             Weight Gain

It is pertinent to mention here that there are various certain types of psychosis, and they may have different side effects.

Benzodiazepines

Now, let's discuss the side effects of the Benzodiazepines. But before digging into side effects, it is highly important to understand what benzodiazepines are. So, here is the definition.

Benzodiazepines have also been named benzos, and they are psychoactive drugs. Commonly doctors suggest this medicine to those people who are suffering from seizures, anxiety, and insomnia.

Here we are going to enlist the common side effects of the Benzodiazepines. So, let's get started.

Side effects

●             Confusion

●             Slurred Speech

●             Dizziness

●             Constipation

●             Dry mouth

●             Blurred Vision

●             Light-headedness

●             Memory problems

There are some downsides of the Benzodiazepines that are relatively less common, so let's shed some light on them.

●             Digestive Disturbance

●             Rashes

●             Tremors

●             Problem in urination

●             Low blood pressure

●             Double vision

In rare cases, the patient may have to go through some serious side effects that are the following

●             Various disorders of blood

●             Yellowing of skin (jaundice)

Moreover, there may be the danger of a condition named gynecomastia, in which there is the initiation of breast development in those people who were declared male at the time of birth.

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors SSRIs

This medication is commonly prescribed by healthcare experts for patients who are going through clinical depression. The most common symptoms of this medication include diarrhea, sexual dysfunction, nausea, and fatigue.

Venlafaxine

Another medication that is taken is Venlafaxine and popularly known as Effexor, which is its brand name. When it comes to the side effects of this medicine, then it includes somnolence, nausea, dizziness, dry mouth, constipation, fast heart rate, sexual dysfunction, and hypertension.

Stimulants

There are various stimulant drugs that include Concerta, Vyvanse, Focalin, Strattera, Dexedrine, etc., and usually, this medicine is taken to solve the issue of ADHD or ADD. The most common side effects that patients observe after consuming this drug are sleep issues, mood swings, and the loss of appetite.

Buspirone

Another mental health medication is Buspirone, also named the BuSpar, and the downsides of this medicine are nausea, headache, dysphonia, and dizziness.

Final Thoughts

Well, that's all about the mental health medication side effects. It is pertinent to mention here that it is immensely important that you should first consult your doctor before starting taking any medicines. Some mental health medicines are highly powerful, and if you take them for an extended period of time, then you may have to suffer from various health-related complications.

Moreover, if you are taking any medicine prescribed by your doctor and feel any changes in your body, then it is better to consult your doctor as soon as possible. If you have any queries, let us know in the comments section.