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Managing Medication Side Effects

posted Jun 23, 2014, 7:38 AM by AndrewandSarah Witzel
While medications can be very effective for perinatal mood disorders, they can cause some irritating side effects. Below I will discuss some strategies for managing some common side effects. (Remember that this blog is for awareness and informational purposes only - talk to your healthcare provider if you have concerns).

Dry mouth

- take sips of water throughout the day

- chew sugar-free gum or use hard candies to increase saliva production

- try moisturizing mouthwashes, gels, or mouth sprays (ex. Biotene products)


Drowsiness

- avoid alcohol, as it can worsen dizziness

- take your medication at bedtime


Insomnia

- avoid caffeine, as it can worsen insomnia

- practice good sleep habits

- take your medication first thing in the morning


Nausea

- take your medication with or after food

- try taking your medication at bedtime


Dizziness

- stay well-hydrated and nourished, as dehydration and low blood sugar can worsen dizziness

- get up slowly when moving into a standing position to avoid falling or feeling faint


Remember that some side effects do go away with time. Consult with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your medication routine, or if side effects are very bothersome to you.
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