SSRI selective seratonin reuptake inhibitor. What the…

Oct 09, 18 SSRI selective seratonin reuptake inhibitor. What the…

SSRI selective seratonin reuptake inhibitor

Selective seratonin reuptake inhibitors are antidepressant medications. SSRIs are a mental health treatment used to treat severe depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), and anxiety.

SSRI examples

There are currently several SSRI medications approved for depression and anxiety treatment

  • Citalopram (Celexa)
  • Escitalopram (Lexapro)
  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil, Pexeva)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft)
  • Vilazodone (Viibryd)

Selective seratonin reuptake inhibitor side-effects

There are several side effects related to SSRI treatment, although side-effects may go away after a few weeks or by taking the medication with food

  • Sleeplessness
  • Fatigue
  • Impotence
  • Nervousness
  • Blurry vision

SSRI mental health treatment safety concerns

As with any medication there is always the possibility of drug interaction so it’s important to discuss all prescribed and over-the-counter medications with your doctor. It is important to remember that some SSRIs could harm your unborn baby. Women who are pregnant, or thinking about getting pregnant, should discuss the risks and benefits of taking an SSRI. There is also the possibility of developing SSRI syndrome. According to the Mayo Clinic

Serotonin syndrome most often occurs when two medications that raise the level of serotonin are combined. These include other antidepressants, certain pain or headache medications, and the herbal supplement St. John’s wort. Signs and symptoms of serotonin syndrome include anxiety, agitation, sweating, confusion, tremors, restlessness, lack of coordination and a rapid heart rate. Seek immediate medical attention if you have any of these signs or symptoms.

Do anti-depressants increase suicide in some people

YES. In fact, the treatment for depression can cause an increase in suicidal thoughts and make depression worse. People under 25 taking anti-depressants should be closely monitored for the first few weeks when they begin SSRI  treatment or when their dosage changes. However, with improved mood, many suffering from depression and/or anxiety experienced improved quality of life with SSRI treatment.



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