Do Newer Antidepressants also Have Side-Effects?

New antidepressants can also cause side-effects.  However, they can always be managed. It is important to remain in care. If you are considering starting medications, I would like to share with you some facts.

New antidepressants


Older agents


Points to Ponder:

A.  Many side-effects are usually transient (< 7-10 days)

B.  Sometimes starting with lower dosages is helpful

C. Ask your physician questions before you start medications

D.  Share immediately any concerns or issues after you start treatment


I can not promise you that you will NOT experience side-effects. However, we now have a number of newer medications with fewer problems. Mirtazapine and Wellbutrin are reportedly two better ones for the dreaded “sexual side-effects.” This is one of the more common reasons why people stop taking their medications. So please talk freely about “sexual side effects ” with your doctor. Don’t just stop taking your medication. Depression is a dangerous disease and must be treated.

Some of the other common side-effects are:

  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • problems ejaculating
  • excessive sweating
  • dizziness
  • suicidal thoughts
  • anxiety
  • insomnia
  • increase in depression
  • diarrhea
  • constipation

Now what is interesting a lot of the side-effects are contradictory. This is why it is important for you to maintain under the doctor’s care. I always start with much lower doses of the medication and gradually increase over time. If this is your first time trying medication, let your physician now before he starts the medication.

Just for review, I would like to share with you the common signs and symptoms of Depression

  1. Increased of decreased sleep pattern
  2. Loss of interest in all or most activities
  3. Feelings of guilt and hopelessness
  4. Decreased energy
  5. Problems concentrating
  6. Loss or increased appetite
  7. Feeling of lethardy
  8. Suicidal thought*

If you have suicidal thought, this is considered a medical emergency and you should call 911 or go immediately to your nearest Emergency Room.

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