Sedating or stimulating ssri
You may need to try several antidepressants before you find the right one, but hang in there.
With patience, you and your doctor can find a medication that works well for you.
People may react differently to the same antidepressant.
For example, a particular drug may work better — or not as well — for you than for another person.
Keep in mind that antidepressants are more likely to reduce suicide risk in the long run by improving mood. However, stopping antidepressant treatment abruptly or missing several doses may cause withdrawal-like symptoms. Withdrawal-like symptoms are more common with venlafaxine or desvenlafaxine.
Work with your doctor to gradually and safely decrease your dose.
Side effects: Nausea, insomnia, headaches, sexual dysfunction, jitteriness, dry mouth, drowsiness.
If you can't tolerate one SNRI, you may be able to tolerate a different one, as each SNRI varies in chemical makeup.
Typically the benefits of antidepressants outweigh the possible side effects.
In some cases, where available, results of special blood tests may offer clues about how your body may respond to a particular antidepressant.
However, other variables besides genetics can affect your response to medication.