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:
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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