SSRI Side Effects: Harvard Mental Health Letter discusses the real risks of antidepressants

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are among the most widely prescribed medications, and they are remarkably safe and effective. But no medical treatment is without risk. The May issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter reviews the potential side effects of these popular antidepressants and puts them into perspective. Here are some of the side effects the Harvard Mental Health Letter describes: Regular follow-up and close monitoring are important. Also, patients should be warned that there is a slight chance they will feel worse for a while, and that they should let their prescribing clinicians know immediately if they begin to feel worse or develop new symptoms, especially after changing the medication or the dose.
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