Anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs) include many types of medications but all act as anticonvulsants.Many newer AEDs are better tolerated than the older, standard AEDs, although they can still have troublesome side effects.
Valproate is the most widely prescribed anti-epileptic drug worldwide.
Whom it may be suitable for: Depression sufferers with fatigue-like symptoms (norepinephrine works on the adrenal system); also a good option when SSRIs don’t work; not ideal for patients with hypertension.
Pros: This SSRI has fewer overall side effects than some antidepressants, but the serotonin-related side effects can be powerful.
Pros: A very effective SSRI that can be easier to start and stay on than others.
Side effects: Nausea, insomnia, headaches, sexual dysfunction, jitteriness; possibly drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation.