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How can I cope with the side effects of medication for a mood disorder?

Medications that target the brain can affect other physical systems as well. In fact, sometimes patients feel the side effects before the medicine's benefits kick in. This delay can be frustrating. Rest assured; the simple steps below help to decrease these side effects. Remember: never skip a dose or change your dosage without talking to your doctor first. To handle side effects, consider these solutions:
  • If the medication is affecting your sleep, you can change the time you take it, so as to be more alert during the day and tired in the evening.
  • Nausea is easily remedied when you take medication with food.
  • Change your medication.

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