Despite being marketed as treatments for depression and anxiety, antidepressants and SSRIs bring a whole host of side effects from their usage. For this reason alone, it is important that you have an understanding of the dangers of using antidepressants and SSRIs before starting a regimen. If you or a loved one has suffered health issues due to antidepressant usage, it is best to speak to a Texas medical malpractice attorney from the office of Thomas J. Henry.
What are Antidepressants Prescribed for?
Antidepressants are prescribed for major depressive disorders as well as the following medical issues:
- Bipolar disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Premenstrual syndrome
- Obsessive-compulsive disorder
- Social anxiety disorder
- General anxiety disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Binge eating disorder
When antidepressants are prescribed they are usually done so for an extended period. They are also among the most prescribed drugs in the country. Many people take these medications for years because stopping the medication can lead to the return of the condition. This is why most people use antidepressants for years at a time, which can lead to significant side effects.
Long-Term Side Effects of Antidepressants
A Texas personal injury attorney understands that there are long-term side effects of antidepressant usage. According to a 2016 paper published by Patient Preference and Adherence, unsavory side effects have been observed as a result of long-term anti-depressant usage.
The most common side effects include the following:
- Sexual issues
- Weight gain
- Having the feeling of being emotionally numb
- Not feeling like themselves
- A reduction in positive feelings
- Having a feeling as if they are addicted to the antidepressant
- Having less care for others in their lives
- Having feelings and thoughts about suicide
- Needing to try multiple antidepressants before finding one that worked
Antidepressants and Blood Sugar
A study published in Diabetes Care in 2013 examined the correlation between antidepressant usage and blood sugar issues. The study found the following:
- Antidepressants might make control of blood sugar more difficult because they cause weight gain
- People who already have diabetes will see a difficulty in controlling their blood sugar if they take SSRIs
- Hyperglycemia is caused in people who take tricyclic antidepressants
Additional Side Effects of Antidepressants
Antidepressants can also cause the following additional side effects:
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
- Change in appetite
- Muscular and joint pain
- Upset stomach
- Movement disorders
- Risk of falling in elderly patients
- Issues with drug interactions
It is always best to consult with your doctor prior to starting on antidepressants, before coming off the drugs, and before switching to another drug to ensure that the decision is in your best interest.
Injured by an Antidepressant? Call Thomas J. Henry Today
If you have been injured by an antidepressant or a loved one has become addicted, it is in your best interest to consult with an experienced Texas pharmacy malpractice attorney about your situation. Call our office at 866-517-5659 to schedule a consultation with a member of our team. Whether you used antidepressants to treat a medical condition or a major depressive disorder, our team will be able to guide you through the legal process if you have suffered an injury.