Our expert says:
Some of us are definitely more sensitive to side-effects over-all, and some of us experience severe side-effects on one drug and not on another, while a different person may be fine with the first drug, and have difficulties on the second.
With most drugs ( psychiatric or otherwise ) side-effects are worst in the first couple of weeks as one's body chemistry adjusts to their presence. Experiencing side-effects does not mean you do or don't have depression.
Checking a drug online, be aware of response bias. Proper professional sites objectively summarize the good and bad points. When it comes to personal and forum postings, people who have had bad experiences ( whether due to the drug or not ) tend to want to post about it, and people who have had happy experiences, tend not to, so its easy to be misled by such postings.
Now, I do feel very strongly indeed, that every doctor who prescriobes any drug for anyone has an absolute professional duty to fully inform them about possible side-effects and problems, and about how best to take it. Not doing so I consider improper conduct.
Some doctors stupidly assume that if they tell you about side-effects this will make it far more likely that you will experience side-effects. This is absolutely not true, and indeed informing people properly about possible side-effects is not only required, but makes it no more likely we will experience them, and makes it less likely we will panic and abandon a medicine prematurely without sticking to it and receiving its benefits.
Do discuss your concerns directly with your doctor.
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