Dependent Upon Antidepressants
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.
The dependence on antidepressants is different from other substances such as alcohol and heroin. People abusing antidepressants do not feel any cravings, which are caused by other drugs. Call your doctor or one of our addiction counsellors today if on 0800 772 3971 you think you've lost control.
However, people can become dependent on the antidepressants physically. Also, there's a greater chance that the will abuse additional substances.
The dependence on antidepressants can begin in people who never felt a need for the drugs initially. There are cases when people get diagnosed by mistake with depression and get antidepressants prescription. One study showed that almost two-thirds of patients have been misdiagnosed with depression and prescribed unnecessary antidepressants.
The addictive nature of antidepressants is still a topic to debate. The reason for this is because the medical fraternity considers antidepressants as non addictive. In order to backup the addiction theory of the antidepressants, some tend to look at the fact that stopping its use usually has side effects. Withdrawal symptoms are often faced by people who stop taking antidepressants suddenly, and they can range from nausea, hand tremors and depression.
Despite the risks when taking antidepressants, it is a fact that these medications help many people live better, more functional lives every day. People who have been prescribed antidepressants should not discontinue the medication without having a discussion with their doctor in the first place.
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The feeling of sadness and low self esteem is usually treated using the analgesics. SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and SNRIs (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) are the most frequently used drugs to treat depression.
Controlling brain depression using SSRIs causes the balance of serotonin in the brain chemical balance Temperament and outlook on life are impacted by this chemical. The norepinephrine are altered by the SNRIs which leads to a similar feeling as that caused by SSRIs.
Nervousness is also treated using the antidepressants but a doctor must prescribe it for you first.
Antidepressants are most commonly used as oral tablets or capsules. Some familiar antidepressants are
- Fluoxetine or Prozac
- Citalopram or Celexa
- Escitalopram, or Lexapro
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Sertraline, or Zoloft
- Venlafaxine (Effexor)
Antidepressants Addiction And The Effects
The most used prescription drug is the antidepressants in the United States. Benzodiazepines usually have many side effects and that is why many patient are advised to use the SSRI and SNRI.
The ease of addiction is usually very low in the antidepressants and so it's safer for patients to use them. Antidepressant drugs are still abused, though.
Unlike other drugs, antidepressants don't have the euphoric effects that other drugs have. Speaking in simple terms this means that antidepressants cannot give you a high. Yet, many people try to achieve that.
The jovial and excitement nature will not come however much of the drug you take.
The brain will start experiencing gradually the chemical component coming from the antidepressants that you are abusing. They do not work quickly. It takes about a month until antidepressants start working.
Sometimes, people might not believe the medication is effective quickly enough; then these people typically abuse the drugs by taking more. In an effort to enhance its effects, people take the antidepressants and also use alcohol.
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. Those misusing antidepressants heighten their likelihood of taking excessive amounts of it.
Overdose symptoms include
- Reduced coordination
- Decreased mental acuity
- Blacking out
- Uncontrolled shaking
- Irregular heart rate
Popular Drug Combinations Of Antidepressants
Most common substance combined with antidepressants is alcohol. This is however very risky according to the doctors. The people who are more likely to abuse antidepressants are the one's who are already coping with a different addiction.
Antidepressants when combined with alcohol can cause problems related to
- Severe depression and anxiety
- Intense sedation
- Increased blood pressure
- Reduced coordination
For some people waiting for the antidepressant to start working can be really hard to do. This usually leads to people using other drugs in the hopes to get high.
Facts And Figures Of Antidepressants Misuse
If a physician recommends antidepressants, stopping its usage can be hazardous. Careful medical supervision will be essential when quitting any antidepressant. It is highly required not to stop any antidepressant with no support.