Antidepressants are one option for treating depression. They help people with moderate and severe depression. Opinions vary on how effective antidepressants are in relieving the symptoms of depression. Some people doubt they help, while others consider them to be essential. But as is true for many other treatments, these medications may help in some situations. However, these medications can have side effects. Here are three side effects of antidepressants:
* Migraines: Chronic migraine is a common side effect of antidepressants, especially if they take triptans for migraine pain.
* Insomnia: The same mechanism that causes insomnia at night in these three antidepressants also causes sleepiness during the day. Antidepressants may also cause nightmares and sleep walking. This side effect may be short-lived, a plus for those who work outside of the home or care for a family.
* Weight Gain: This is one of the most common side effects of antidepressants and the main reason people stop taking them. Weight gain may be just a few pounds or, in the case of 25% of people taking Paxil, up to 7% of their body weight.