A patient is admitted to the psychiatric unit for suicidal ideation. The physician prescribes escitalopram and asks the nurse to review the side effects with the patient. The nurse should include which common side effect in the patient's education?


•Escitalopram is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI).

•Common SSRI side effects include sexual dysfunction, nausea, diarrhea, headache, dizziness, dry mouth, and weight gain, drowsiness, and insomnia.

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