Medications often come with side effects that patients should be aware of.
They can also take up to 2-4 weeks before they start to work, but you may still experience side effects within that time frame even if the medication has not started to work yet.
They are often prescribed when the benefit of taking them will outweigh the side effects tolerated in response to their use.
There are certain side effects that are well known to be associated with medications. Some of the common things that you might notice from taking them include:
Antidepressants: insomnia, constipation, dizziness, tremors, sweating, dry mouth, anxiety, headache, diarrhea, emotional flatness, sexual dysfunction, restlessness, forgetfulness, diminished concentration, appetite and weight changes.
Anxiolytics (anxiety medication): drowsiness, sedation, lightheadedness, dizziness, headache, visual disturbances, confusion, upset stomach, fatigue, dry mouth, agitation, visual disturbances
Antipsychotics: weight gain, sexual dysfunction, urinary changes, dry mouth, nausea, uncontrollable movements (tics or tremors), vomiting, constipation, restlessness, drowsiness, dizziness
ADHD medication (stimulants): difficulty sleeping, loss of appetite, stomach pain, headache, appearing to have a flat facial expression or no emotion, motor or verbal tics
It is common to experience these side effects when taking these types of medications. Please note that if you feel a medication is not working for your child or that the side effects outweigh the benefits, a medication change can be discussed with the doctor at the next appointment. This type of information is confidential and unfortunately cannot be discussed via email.