Portal:Antidepressants

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Antidepressants are drugs used for the treatment of major depressive disorder and of other conditions, including some anxiety disorders, some chronic pain conditions, and to help manage some addictions.

Typical side-effects of antidepressants include dry mouth, weight gain, and lack of sex drive. Most types of antidepressants are typically safe to take, but may cause increased thoughts of suicide when taken by children, adolescents, and young adults. A discontinuation syndrome can occur after stopping any antidepressant. The risk is greater among those who have taken the medication for longer and when the medication in question has a short half-life. The problem usually begins within three days and may last for several months. Methods of prevention include gradually decreasing the dose among those who wish to stop, though it is possible for symptoms to occur with tapering.

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