Handling the Side Effects of Antidepressant Medications

Suggestions for managing antidepressant side-effects.

You can avoid some of the most common side effects of antidepressant medications with these tips:

  • Eat cereals and other high-fiber foods (apples, salads, and celery) to reduce the chances of becoming constipated.
  • Use sugarless gum and candy to relieve dry mouth. Take frequent sips of water throughout the day.
  • Eat more frequent, smaller meals, rather than large meals, to help with nausea.
  • Get up slowly from a lying or sitting position to reduce the possibility of feeling dizzy.
  • Do not use any medications for common illnesses, such as the flu or allergies, without first speaking with your doctor in order to avoid any serious side effects.
  • Let your doctor know if your side effects are not tolerable.
  • Avoid caffeine or other stimulants that may cause problems with your sleep.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or taking other drugs.

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Staff, H. (2007, September 25). Handling the Side Effects of Antidepressant Medications, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, June 20 from

Last Updated: January 14, 2014

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