Think you know antidepressants? The Side Effects that will surprise you!

Think you know antidepressants? The Side Effects that will surprise you! 860 850 Neuralia TMS

We have all heard of the remarkable recoveries and in some cases life-changing effects that antidepressant medication can have, but we rarely discuss the side effects of antidepressants. This conversation is crucial to have as some effects may not be known or discussed openly, you should discuss any concerns with your healthcare professional or you can discuss any queries at your next appointment with Dr Shanek Wick and our team at Neuralia TMS.

It is important to note that there are pros and cons to most treatments, including TMS treatment. Read more about the pros and cons of TMS treatment.

1. Weight Gain and/or Loss: It’s perhaps one of the most talked-about side effects of most prescribed antidepressants. While the science behind why this happens isn’t completely understood or known yet, many individuals have reported notable changes in their weight after starting antidepressants. In some cases, people experience weight loss, which can be a concern if unintended, and either outcome is best to be discussed with your healthcare professional.

2. Erectile Dysfunction and Other Sexual Side Effects: Here’s a tough one to discuss, but it’s important to be made aware of. Men, in particular, might experience erectile dysfunction, which can be both frustrating and concerning. But it’s not just men; many people taking antidepressants find that their sexual drive takes a backseat. It’s essential to talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing these challenges; they’re there to help you through this journey.

3. Blood Pressure and Irregular Heartbeat: Not as common, but equally significant, some individuals have reported elevated blood pressure or even an irregular heartbeat after starting on the new medication. If you’ve been feeling like your heart’s playing a different drum, or you’ve got that pressured feeling, it might be time to have a chat with your healthcare professional as promptly as possible.

4. Flu-like Symptoms and Stomach Pains: Now, this one can be tricky. Sometimes, after starting an antidepressant, you might feel like you’ve caught a mild flu or that stomach bug that’s been going around. Flu-like symptoms and stomach pains are known but less common side effects. Always listen to your body and if something feels off or it is lingering longer than the general cold would, it’s worth checking it out with your GP.

5. Breastfeeding Mother’s: This is sometimes something new mothers don’t consider or mention, but it is crucial to be informed. Some antidepressants can affect a mother’s breast milk, if you are currently breastfeeding or planning to, you must discuss your options with your GP or Dr Shanek Wick at your next appointment.

6. Vivid Dreams: Vivid dreams can be an unexpected but very real side effect of some antidepressant medication. While many find this intriguing, for others, it can be a bit unsettling.

7. Withdrawal Effects: If you are thinking of stopping, changing or altering your medication dosage, be wary of potential withdrawal effects. You can discuss ceasing or altering your medication with Dr Shanek Wick, our team here at Neuralia TMS, or your healthcare professional. Upon ceasing medication, some can experience a range of effects from mild irritability to more severe symptoms.

Antidepressant medication can provide life-changing benefits, but it is important to keep up to date about the potential side effects they may cause. If you have trialled antidepressants and found it to be unsuccessful, you may wish to consider TMS Treatment.

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Finding the best treatment for you frequently involves researching various depression treatment alternatives. You’re sure to come across TMS therapy and antidepressants in your search, but which one should you take first? Are they successful? How long do the two procedures last? To assist you in choosing the course of therapy that might be the greatest fit for you, this guide will provide answers to these and other questions.

Antidepressants vs. TMS

Antidepressants and TMS therapy are both successful ways to treat depression. TMS therapy can, however, help those who either haven’t had good results with antidepressants or can’t handle them. This is one of its advantages. Examining the specifics of both is important in order to accurately compare TMS therapy and antidepressants. Your choice of treatment can be influenced by understanding how they operate, their adverse effects, and their success rates.

How They Operate

TMS Treatment:
Magnetic pulses are used in TMS therapy to target particular brain regions that control mood and emotion. The ability of the brain to control mood can be enhanced by stimulating the nerves in various areas of the brain.

The brain can receive information from the nervous system thanks to chemical messengers known as neurotransmitters. Increasing the amounts of particular neurotransmitters that influence mood and emotion is how antidepressants often operate. This outcome is attained by various antidepressant kinds by interacting with specific neurotransmitters.

Negative effects

TMS Treatment
The fact that TMS therapy has few adverse effects is one of its advantages. One in ten patients report mild to moderate headaches and/or discomfort during or after the treatment session, although the majority of patients report that these side effects lessen and finally go away as they get used to the medication. Seizures are a very uncommon side effect of TMS therapy, occurring in less than one out of every 60,000 TMS sessions.

Depending on the type of antidepressant being used, a person may suffer different adverse effects. Nausea, diarrhoea, headaches, trouble sleeping, and sexual issues are some of the side effects of SSRI and SNRI antidepressants that are frequently experienced. Side symptoms like blurred vision, constipation, dizziness, dry mouth, shaking, and problems urinating are more likely to occur when taking tricyclic antidepressants. Heart issues and liver damage are uncommon antidepressant adverse effects.

After the first few weeks of using antidepressants, side symptoms are often less frequent. However, some people find the adverse effects overwhelming and stop receiving therapy as a result.

Neuralia TMS are the Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) specialists in Perth, WA. TMS is non-invasive treatment for depression and several other conditions.

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