Changes in the brain chemical constituents to treat mood disorders such as depression is caused by Antidepressants In most instances, being overly dependant on other drugs causes people to also start abusing antidepressants.
Unlike alcohol and heroin it is well known that antidepressants are not addictive. The longing and desires caused by other drugs are not experienced by those misusing Antidepressants. Contact one of our addiction specialists on 0800 772 3971 or get in touch with your general doctor first if you think antidepressant has taken charge of your existence.
However, people can become dependent on the antidepressants physically. There are great chances they also abuse other drugs.
If it's your first time to use the antidepressants, you may end up being dependent to it. To some, an incorrect diagnosis and prescription of antidepressants are given. Many patients have been wrongly advised to start using the antidepressant with knowledge that they have depression.
However, the nature of dependency on antidepressants is being evaluated by the doctors. The reason for this is because the medical fraternity considers antidepressants as non addictive. The withdrawal indications of antidepressants can serve as proofs of dependence formation as pointed by others. Withdrawal symptoms are often faced by people who stop taking antidepressants suddenly, and they can range from nausea, hand tremors and depression.
Antidepressants assist a lot of people to live better, and normally despite the fact that there are lots of dangers associated with the use of the drug. Those who use prescribed antidepressants should never stop taking them without consulting a doctor first.
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Learn About Antidepressants
Antidepressants are prescription medications used to treat moderate to severe depression. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) & serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors are some of the readily available antidepressants.
SSRIs treat depression in a way that it changes the brain's chemical balance of serotonin This chemical influences mood and helps users feel positive about their lives. SNRIs in a similar way boosts mood by interacting with norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain.
Nervousness is also treated using the antidepressants but a doctor must prescribe it for you first.
They come in capsule form and sometimes are tablet in nature to be ingested orally. Frequently used Antidepressants includes
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Citalopram (Celexa)
- Escitalopram (Lexapro)
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Sertraline, or Zoloft
- Venlafaxine (Effexor)
Antidepressants Misuse Effects
Some of the most prescribed medications within the states are antidepressants. Benzodiazepines usually have many side effects and that is why many patient are advised to use the SSRI and SNRI.
Antidepressants are deliberated to be healthier by physicians because the likelihood of misusing the medication is low. Antidepressant drugs are still abused, though.
The excitement nature experienced on other drugs such as Cocaine is not felt when using antidepressants. Simply put, you can't get high on antidepressants. But, this doesn't stop people from attempting it.
These drugs do not work the same way; excessive doses do not cause the same euphoria.
Antidepressants exact its function with time and being retained in the brain. They do not work quickly. It takes about a month until antidepressants start working.
Most common antidepressant abuse is usually the person increasing the dose when they feel like the drug isn't working fast enough. Combining antidepressants with other substances such as alcohol in an attempt to amplify the effects from the medication is also a method that is commonly adopted by some people.
For the people that sincerely need them, antidepressants can become ineffective over time. Once the users don't get the relief they are supposed to from the prescribed medications they increase their dose.
With antidepressants just like almost any other drug increasing the dose can be dangerous. The risk of people overdosing on antidepressants is high, especially among those who are abusing these medications.
Overdose symptoms include
- Debilitate coordination
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Changes in the heart activity
Common Combinations Of Antidepressants And Other Drugs
Alcohol is one of the major substance which is being combined with antidepressants. This is however very risky according to the doctors. Those who are addicted to other substance, such as alcohol are more inclined towards antidepressants abuse.
Some of the effects arising from a combined use of antidepressants and alcohol include
- Worsening of depression or anxiety
- Intense sedation
- Severely high blood pressure
- Reduced coordination
Some people find it difficult to wait for their antidepressants to begin functioning. People will often self medicate with marijuana or opiates while the wait for the medication to work.
Antidepressants Misuse And The Stats
If a physician recommends antidepressants, stopping its usage can be hazardous. Careful medical supervision will be essential when quitting any antidepressant. If someone wants to stop taking their antidepressant, it is necessary that the have assistance.