Doctors need to be mindful of antidepressant side effects

It is not uncommon for today’s doctors to prescribe patients with antidepressants for the treatment of mild anxiety or depression.

While I can’t weigh in on the efficacy of the drugs, I think that doctors should at least sit down with their patients to weigh the pros and cons before putting them through a drug therapy.

It is especially important that these patients understand the side effects of taking antidepressants, as well as stopping the regiment without first consulting with a medical professional.

Should a person stop taking medication a few weeks into the treatment, he/she may experience rather unpleasant side effects, such as insomnia, anxiety and depression.

Therefore, good interactions between the doctor and the patient is crucial. Should the patient decide to end the drug therapy, it is important for the doctor to reduce the dosage in phases to limit the withdrawal symptoms experienced by the patient.

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