Antidepressants? Tell your doctor this

It is important to inform your prescribing doctor of the following:

  • Any known illness, especially cardiac problems, epilepsy, diabetes, thyroid disease, liver disease, prostrate problems, glaucoma and high blood pressure.  
  • Any other medication which you may be taking. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about potential drug interactions before taking any other prescribed or over-the-counter medication e.g. cough syrup, beta-blockers, anti-histamines, antacids.  
  • Pregnancy or plans to fall pregnant in the near future and also if you are breast-feeding. Some medications can affect your baby.  
  • It is also a good idea to try and avoid alcohol while taking antidepressants. Alcohol acts as a central nervous system depressant and can worsen depression or undermine the benefits of the medication. It also increases the likelihood of drowsiness and hence the risk for accidents while driving or operating machinery.

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Revision date: June 11, 2011
Last revised: by Jorge P. Ribeiro, MD