Side effects of Anti Depressants


Q: I just started taking anti depressents and I am extremely nauseous I'm only on day 3. Should I try to stick it out or find a different medicine ?


A:   You have unfortunately not stated which anti depressant you have started on. That would have helped us giving you a clearer and more precise answer. However mostly patients are started on a group of antidepressants called Serlective Serotonin Reuptake inhibitor which acts by inhibiting the reuptake of Serotonin ( a chemical substance ) thus leading to the decrease and treatment of the symptoms. This group of drugs includes medication like Xoloft, Paxil, Prozac , Celexa etc. Naseua and vommiting are considered as common side effects of these medications. Since you are getting extremely nauseous I would advice you to take an anti emetic like gravol to treat the nausea instead of stopping the medication. Moreover these medications need to be tapered off slowly and not stopped abruptly as this may lead to withdrawal symptoms.
In case the nausea doesnt subside or becomes worse , I would advice you to contact your physician who could taper these medications and start you on another class of Antidepressant medication.

Related Q&A

Q: I lost my medication en route to a remote island in the Bahamas. I am gone for one week. I was on 10 mg of Paxil. I...

Q: I forgot to bring my prescription medication- an antidepressant on my trip to the Bahamas. The drug is an SSRI calle...

Q: I started taking fluoxetine yesterday, I took 40ng yesterday and 20 today but forgot to check about things like Niqui...

Q: Hi, I am really struggling, I feel like I have become completely alone, because a new psychiatrist I saw has diagnose...

Q: Hi, I recently had more depression and went into insomnia, i consulted a doctor and he adviced me for a blood test. ...


Dr. James Obaji M.D.

  • 247 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Suneel Sharman M.D.

  • 190 Reviews
  • Family Physician

Dr. Pat Golden M.D.

  • 169 Reviews
  • Cardiologist

Dr. Kunaal Jindal M.D.

  • 112 Reviews
  • Plastic Surgeon