SSRI anti-depressants, what do patients say about them?
April 2, 2018
SSRI anti-depressants

SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) anti-depressants are commonly prescribed to treat symptoms of depression or panic attacks.

It should be taken once a day, and patients start seeing improvements in their mood after 4 to 6 weeks. Even though most patients perceive a moderate to major effectiveness of the medication, there are a number of side effects which patients report:

  • Feeling sleepy
  • Being unable to sleep
  • Sweating
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Feeling detached

Although these side effects tend to dissipate after a week or two, they can unfortunately make patients feel worse. But for certain SSRI anti-depressant medicines the full effects only appear 4 to 6 weeks after the beginning of the treatment, so it is important to note these psychological and physical side-effects in order to monitor the effectiveness of the medicine. Medsmart® can help with this. Indeed, you can track your mood with smiling (or frowning) faces every day! It is also important to report that certain SSRI anti-depressant medicines are most effective when taken every day at the same time. Moreover, some patients have reported that this medication has less impact on their sleep patterns when it is taken in the morning. And as we know, mornings can be hectic, and it is very easy to forget something as simple as taking your medicine. Setting up a reminder on your Medsmart® app could help you to remember to take your SSRI anti-depressant medicine.

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Written by Julie Regamey.



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