Our expert says:
All antidepressants, and indeed all active drugs, can have side-effects. In some cases it is very clearly known why it produces a specific side-effect ; in others all that is known is that they occur -more often on the drug than on placebo. Remember that Placebo ( an impressive looking capsule containing nothing but inactive sugar or flour, for instance ) not only can be active and helpful, but also produces side-effects, depending on what one expects. And if you stop a random group ofm people in the mall, a surprising number are experiencing symptoms we would consider side-effects if we were testing a drug, including headache and other fairly common effects.
So the situation is really very complex. Much more so than one might expect.
It is important that such symptoms, especially if they start fairly suddenly and are fairly severe, should be assessed and evaluated by your doctor, as more must be taken into account than simply the name of the drug. For instance, is your blood pressure raised higher than usual during the headache ?
Reemmber also that when one reads up / researches drug side-effects, you'll find a great many listed. Regulations, especially American, require the manufacturers to list ALL side-effects even if only reported by a rather small number of people, and without checking whether these are actually caused by the drug. They are at best a list of the POSSIBLE side-effects, but they're not all compulsory.
No antidepressant helps everyone ( just as no pain-killer helps everybody's pain ). All of them work in around 70 % of those who take them. So only a very silly doctor sticks to one antidepressant ( or one pain-killer ) and uses it for everyone, and sticks to it even if it isn't clearly working helpfully.
A large amount of research is equired byfore any drug can be sold on the parket - to show that it is effective and safe. Once it has been released, there is much less motivation for anyone to pay for and do such research ( and it IS very expensive to do it properly ).
Wellbutrin has been around overseas for quite some years, though only relatively recently made available in South Africa, so there is quite a lot of espwerience of using it and of finding it helpful.
Remember the other approach to treating depression which research has shown to be about as effective as the ADs, is CBT ( Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy ), a specific form of psychotherapy.
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