Our expert says:
All of these meds have effects on brain chemistry, and thus on one's mood and paychological experience. Nightmares do indeed feature among the potential side-effects of a number of antidepressants. On some antidepressants, some people do gain weight, but this is due to complex chemical effects of the drug, and in no way related to the presence of any sugar within the pill or capsule - the amounts of sugar involved are tiny and irrelevant in themselves.
Gaining or losing weight isn't automatially good or bad, as this depends on many factors including one's usual weight.
Periods, too, are a complex issue, and can be affected by depression itself, ahnd by stress and worry, as well as by a number of drugs.
Overall, I really do think you need to see , soon the psychiatrist prescribig these meds for you ( which ought to be managed by a properly expert psychiatrist rather than a GP ) to discuss all these issues.
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