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What antidepressants are used to treat Alzheimer's disease?

Here is a list of the antidepressant medications used for Alzheimer's disease and their corresponding side effects:
  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors. Examples include citalopram (Celexa), fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), paroxetine (Paxil), sertraline (Zoloft), escitalopram (Lexapro). Side effects include nausea, diarrhea, weight loss or gain, anxiety, insomnia (occasionally drowsiness), agitation, headache, sweating, sexual problems; rarely, dry mouth, constipation, dizziness.
  • Tricyclic antidepressants. Examples include amitriptyline (Elavil, Endep), amoxapine (Asendin), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Adapin, Sinequan), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor), trimipramine (Surmontil). Side effects include dry mouth, blurred vision, dizziness when changing positions (for example, upon standing up), weight gain, constipation, difficulty urinating, and disturbance of heart rhythm.

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