Antidepressant medication is used in cases where individuals are suffering from depression and require medication to help combat the problem. Antidepressants have the potential to cause symptoms related to a poisoning of the body. Tricyclic antidepressants, in particular, are one of the oldest types available and are known to have negative side-effects. There are several other forms of antidepressant medication available, and all contain a variety of toxins and chemicals that have the potential to cause harm. The desired affects and side-effects of antidepressant medication is something that is continually being researched by toxicologists, in order to ensure that they are suitable to be used in the treatment of depression.

Antidepressant poisoning

Any poison to the body will cause a string of negative reactions. With antidepressant poisoning symptoms and side-effects typically include:

  • Withdrawal symptoms when trying to come off antidepressants. This can include insomnia and symptoms similar to flu like a headache and nausea.
  • Constipation.
  • Trouble urinating.
  • Dry mouth.
  • Weight gain.
  • Possible sexual dysfunction.
  • Blurred vision.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Anxiety.

The side-effects of antidepressant medication will vary according to which type you are using. Tricyclic antidepressants are warrant to cause more negative side-effects than other newer types, such as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors. You should always ensure that you take the recommended dosage of antidepressants, as even missing one dose can cause symptoms of withdrawal.

Newer antidepressants

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors are now one of the most common types of antidepressant medications prescribed by doctors. This is mainly due to the fact that they are safer if there is an overdose, though this is obviously still an unwanted event. However, though they are new and said to have less harmful affects, they should still be treated with care. It has been found that they can pose greater risk than some other antidepressants when taken with other drugs. Also, side-effects such as nausea and sexual response difficulties are still apparent as with other antidepressants. You should always read the label on the bottle, and ensure that you adhere to the recommended dosage.