Managing the Painful Side Effects of Antidepressants
Helping to Manage the Common Side Effects of Antidepressants, Continued
Nausea is that queasiness you may feel in your stomach contemplating eating, or after you eat. You can combat these feelings by changing your eating schedule to eat more meals per day that are smaller. So instead of 3 big meals, you eat 6 smaller meals spread evenly throughout the day. This may be difficult for many people to incorporate into their lives, so you can also try this — eat some peppermint candy or chew some peppermint gum, because peppermint can help settle your stomach. And while not recommended for long-term use, antacids can usually help calm nausea.
4. Insomnia and sleep problems
The biggest thing that will help your sleep problems is to avoid the use of caffeine, cigarettes, and alcohol, especially after 4:00 pm, as caffeine can stay within your system for up to 8 hours. Ease into a sleep routine that’s different, by emphasizing low-stress and relaxing activities as you get closer to bedtime. Avoid watching television, especially TV shows that produce anxiety or stress in your (like the late-night news, or a tense drama). Consider reading before bedtime, an activity shown to help lower stress levels in people.
A part of a new daily routine may also be to switch when you exercise from the evening to the morning. While it may be more difficult to wake earlier to exercise, exercising in the evening or late afternoon releases endorphins and affects other neurotransmitter signals that tell your body to be more awake.
Avoid the use of sleep medications long-term, even if prescribed by a doctor. Sleep aids are meant for short-term use, and can become addictive with long-term, negative side effects. Talk to your doctor if you are unable to help rectify your sleep patterns on your own, because sleep is one of the most important components of your body’s needs.
5. Increased anxiousness or nervousness
Some people get a nervous energy from the antidepressant they’re taking. This is a side effect that resolves on its own for most people, but if it doesn’t for you, talk to your doctor about a lower dose, or changing the type of antidepressant you’re taking. Some people simply don’t tolerate certain antidepressants as well as others, and this can be a sign that this particular antidepressant is not right for you.