SSRI Side Effects

SSRI Side Effects

Alternative to Meds Center is a place that believes in other answers instead of continuing to be medicated with antidepressant drugs such as SSRI’s and suffering SSRI side effects. 


SSRIs, AKA selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, are among the medications most widely prescribed and as with other medical treatments they do not come without risk, including the risk of side effects and SSRI withdrawal symptoms. Reviewing the potential antidepressant side effects that can occur from the popular SSRI medications puts these drugs into perspective. For example, some of the common physical SSRI side effects can include insomnia, headaches, rashes, muscle and joint pain, diarrhea, stomach upset, or nausea. These side effects are among the more mild ones; others however, can be more serious. A more serious possible problem is decreased blood clotting capacity which increases risk for uterine or stomach bleeding.

Taking SSRI antidepressants together with NSAIDs (ibuprofen, aspirin, or naproxen) can more than double the risk for the serious SSRI side effect of bleeding. Sexual side effects of SSRI drugs are highly common annoyances from taking these medications. In fact, for most patients, SSRIs diminish their sexual desire, interest, satisfaction, performance, or all four. Common quick fixes for sexual side effect problems are switching antidepressants or taking a drug such as Viagra for men. This typically only leads to more unwanted antidepressant side effects though, and can stray the individuals further off of their path towards overcoming their depression. Certain side effects, such as sexually related ones, or SSRI weight gain, can contribute to depression and even make it worse for some.

One highly concerning side effect of SSRI antidepressants is the possibility of suicide. The risk of antidepressants inciting self-destructive or violent actions has become a topic of renewed controversy. Among the reasons for concern is the rising amount of adolescents and children receiving prescriptions for antidepressant drugs. When compared to placebo (a sugar pill), all antidepressants, including SSRI medications, appear to double the risks for suicidal thinking in both adults and children. Some of the most common adverse SSRI effects include headaches, dizziness, SSRI weight gain and nausea. Even though these common side effects are not considered “serious”, if they occur and bother the person experiencing them, then they should be taken seriously with professional SSRI side effects help.

All antidepressant side effects are potentially serious. Other common side effects of SSRI drugs include: anxiety, constipation, decreased libido, loose stools, drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth, fatigue, ejaculation problems, female orgasm problems, impotence, insomnia, indigestion, increased sweating, loss of appetite, tremors (shakiness), nervousness, weakness and yawning. However, some can certainly be more serious such as hallucinations, chest palpitations, and suicidal thinking or behavior. Other serious adverse SSRI effects include agitation, panic attacks, aggressiveness, hostility, engaging in dangerous behaviors, restlessness, inability to stay still, extreme feelings of happiness or elation that switch to depressed or sad moods, fast heart rate, difficulty sleeping, and an allergic reaction.

When persons are prescribed antidepressants, it is often before any research into why or what may be causing them to be depressed is looked at. For many persons, they begin antidepressant drug treatments following a traumatic life event, and years afterward they are still taking the medication and suffering with side effects and symptoms of withdrawal when trying to discontinue use of the drug. 

Our drug rehab program works to discover what is underpinning a person’s depression, using natural substances to stabilize neurochemistry, cleansing processes for removal of environmentally accumulated neurotoxins, gentle SSRI withdrawal techniques, targeted nutritional therapies, massage, yoga, IV amino acid therapy, personal exercise training, peers support, and other holistic therapies are employed to combat depression. You are invited to call the number on this page, and get an idea of the sort of SSRI side effects help that’s available.


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