ex-girl (eelpot) wrote in little_details,
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First days on antidepressants

Modern day setting.

One of my MCs is put on antidepressants after a suicide attempt. How would the medicines make him feel the first few days?

Googling phrases like "antidepressants side effects" and "antidepressants first days" gives me a laundry list of possible symptoms, a lot of whom I can use, but I feel I need some personal experiences. I know the first days have an increased risk of suicidal thoughts, but what other symptoms are likely to only occur in the beginning?

I assume that the first time on a new drug is a bit like my medicines; a few weeks of hellish side effects and then a normalization on a few side effects that I just have to deal with. Is the deal the same with anti depressants?

Would he have fewer or more side effects the first 2-3 days or not?

How long before his system "normalized" and the side effects he had was the ones he was "stuck with"?

Is it plausible for him to block out the suicide attempt, try to give reasons and call it an accident to avoid having to think about the things that made him crack? He's "experienced" at blocking out trauma...

ETA: thank you to everyone who answered. You guys are awesome!
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