Medically serious adverse effects of newer antidepressants

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Abstract

Although safer than tricyclic antidepressants and monoamine oxidase inhibitors, the newer antidepressants may be associated with certain medically serious adverse effects, of which cardiovascular adverse effects, seizures, abnormal bleeding, hyponatremia, and agranulocytosis are discussed in this review. Data regarding the incidence and risk factors are summarized, and strategies for reducing the risk of these adverse effects and managing them are suggested. Identification of risk factors, appropriate antidepressant choice, and, when possible, careful monitoring may substantially reduce the incidence of these adverse effects and the morbidity associated with them.

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