The chemical makeup of the brain is changed by antidepressants when they are used to treat mood disorders like depression. An abuser of antidepressants is likely to be coping with a dependence on another drug.
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. 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.
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. Some people who are prescribed antidepressants are misdiagnosed with depression. According to a research, almost two-thirds of patients are incorrectly diagnosed with depression by some physicians and given an unwarranted prescription of antidepressants.
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. Numerous others have pointed out to the withdrawal symptoms of antidepressants by claiming that it is evidence that a dependence upon the drug can form. Withdrawal symptoms are often faced by people who stop taking antidepressants suddenly, and they can range from nausea, hand tremors and depression.
Taking antidepressants is certainly risky but using the medications can help many people lead better lives that are more functional. A medic should always be consulted before one cuts short the use of the antidepressants.
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What Is Antidepressants
Antidepressants are prescription drugs used in controlling a mild or intense depression. The popular types of antidepressant drugs are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).
Serotonin's chemical balance is altered in the brain by SSRIs which helps treat depression. This chemical influences mood and helps users feel positive about their lives. The norepinephrine are altered by the SNRIs which leads to a similar feeling as that caused by SSRIs.
Antidepressants are also prescribed to treat obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and generalized anxiety disorder.
Antidepressants are most commonly used as oral tablets or capsules. Common antidepressants include
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Citalopram (Celexa)
- Escitalopram (Lexapro)
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Sertraline, or Zoloft
- Venlafaxine (Effexor)
Antidepressants Addiction And The Effects
Of all the drugs prescribed in the US, antidepressants are one of the most prescribed. Benzodiazepines are an alternative, but most doctors prescribe SSRIs and SNRIs because they aren't as dangerous,
The potential for abuse is lower with antidepressants as it is considered by doctors prescribing the same. However, these drugs are being misused by some people.
Unlike other drugs, antidepressants don't have the euphoric effects that other drugs have. In other words, antidepressants cannot make you feel excited. This does not prevent some people from trying still.
These drugs do not work the same way; excessive doses do not cause the same euphoria.
Antidepressants function over a period of time after accumulating within the brain. They do not work quickly. Antidepressants can take more than thirty days before it begins functioning.
Instance of antidepressant abuse is simply because people are increasing the prescribed dosage because of their feeling that the drug is not functioning effectively. People also try to increase the effectiveness of antidepressants by mixing them with other drugs, like alcohol.
The efficacy of antidepressants can be severely reduced as time goes by and may no longer work for those that really requires them. When the stop getting the relief they need, some will decide to take a higher dose.
Like most drugs, taking excessive amounts of antidepressants can be hazardous. Taking excessive dosage is one of the most common side effects of abusing this drug.
Overdose symptoms include
- Irregular heartbeat
Typical Drug Mixtures That Include 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.
The use of antidepressants with alcohol can bring several problems such as
- Worsened anxiety or depression
- Dangerously high blood pressure
- Reduced coordination
Its trying for some to wait for the medicine to work. While waiting, people suffering from depression may treat themselves with other drugs such as marijuana and opiates without receiving a professional advice of a medical practitioner.
Antidepressants Abuse And Statistics
If a physician recommends antidepressants, stopping its usage can be hazardous. A medic should always be kept on the loop when the patient stops using the antidepressants. You must seek proper guidance before you stop using the antidepressants.