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What are side effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)?

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most common medication for major depression. "These are the first choice because they have more benign side effects," says William Marchand, MD, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Utah. SSRI side effects include loss of interest in sex, difficulty achieving orgasm, anxiety, sleep problems, and loss of appetite. Most side effects will go away after a short time. If not, your doctor may try another drug. Keep in mind, SSRIs may not be safe if you're pregnant or trying to become pregnant.

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