Addiction To Antidepressants
Depression and other mood disorders are treated with antidepressants that alter the chemistry of the brain. In most instances, being overly dependant on other drugs causes people to also start abusing antidepressants.
The nature of addiction to liquor and other drugs is completely different from that of antidepressants. The desire to continuously use other drugs is usually more compared to the one for antidepressants. You can reach out to us on 0800 772 3971 and we will advise you on the best way possible of stopping the dependence on antidepressants.
Physical reliance on Antidepressants can still be developed by its users. Also, there's a greater chance that the will abuse additional substances.
Antidepressant addiction can even form in people who normally didn't even needed to use them. Some people who are prescribed antidepressants are misdiagnosed with depression. 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. Many regarded these medications to be 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. Being sad and shivering are some of the side effects experienced when you stop using the antidepressants.
These drugs assist people to live happier, more productive lives despite the possible risks. A medic should always be consulted before one cuts short the use of the antidepressants.
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Learn About Antidepressants
Moderate and serious depression are treated prescribed antidepressants. SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) and SNRIs (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) are the most frequently used drugs to treat depression.
The serotonin levels on the brain are altered by SSRIs and this helps lower the feeling of despair. Users moods are influenced and they feel positive about themselves through the use of this drugs. SNRIs in a similar way boosts mood by interacting with norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain.
Antidepressants are also prescribed by physicians in curing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and generalized anxiety disorder.
Tablet or extended release capsules are the two forms of antidepressants that are available. Frequently used Antidepressants includes
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Citalopram (Celexa)
- Escitalopram (Lexapro)
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Sertraline (Zoloft)
- Venlafaxine (Effexor)
Antidepressants Abuse And Effects
Some of the most prescribed medications within the states are antidepressants. Most doctors prescribe SSRI and SNRI antidepressants as a less dangerous alternative to benzodiazepines.
Antidepressants are considered to be the safe option because the drugs have less potential for abuse. Regardless of that, some people still abuse antidepressant medications.
Unlike other drugs, antidepressants don't have the euphoric effects that other drugs have. In other words, antidepressants cannot make you feel excited. Yet, many people try to achieve that.
Many people have a misconception that since antidepressants can improve the mood, it may also induce euphoria if ingested in high doses, which is not how these drugs function.
Antidepressants function over a period of time after accumulating within the brain. They do not induce Instantaneous reactions. An antidepressant will take over a month before it begins to work efficiently.
Sometimes, people might not believe the medication is effective quickly enough; then these people typically abuse the drugs by taking more. 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.
Their positive effects of lowering depression may end up not happening. As a result of this, some users may be forced to multiply their intake when they cannot get the needed relief from what was recommended.
Taking more than the prescribed dose of antidepressants can be detrimental. Taking excessive dosage is one of the most common side effects of abusing this drug.
Signs of An Antidepressant Overdose Can Include
- Reduced coordination
- Irregular heart rate
Common Combinations Of Antidepressants And Other Drugs
Most common substance combined with antidepressants is alcohol. While taking antidepressants it is recommended not to drink alcohol. Those who already suffer from another addiction, like alcoholism, have greater chances to abuse antidepressants.
Some of the effects arising from a combined use of antidepressants and alcohol include
- Severe depression and anxiety
- Severely high blood pressure
- Lack of focus
Given that it takes a long time for the effects of the drugs to be felt some go through a difficult time waiting for it. During this waiting period, some people suffering from depression decide to use other drugs like marijuana and opiates.
Statistics On Antidepressants Usage
If prescribed by a physician, it can be especially dangerous to stop taking antidepressants. 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.