Side effects: Nausea, insomnia, headaches, sexual dysfunction, jitteriness, dry mouth, drowsiness.
Whom it may be suitable for: Can be ideal for the elderly because of fewer side effects when prescribed at lower doses.
This article was originally titled "The pros and cons of some popular antidepressants," in the September 2008 issue of Best Health Magazine.
Whom it may be suitable for: Depression sufferers with fatigue-like symptoms (norepinephrine works on the adrenal system); also a good option when SSRIs don’t work; not ideal for patients with hypertension.
Pros: This SSRI has fewer overall side effects than some antidepressants, but the serotonin-related side effects can be powerful.
Side effects: Can cause jitteriness, anxiety, insomnia; or can have the opposite effect (somnolence).
Other common side effects: headache, dry mouth, constipation, sweating, dizziness, sexual dysfunction.