Dependent Upon Antidepressants
Depression and other mood disorders are treated with antidepressants that alter the chemistry of the brain. It happens so that those who abuse antidepressants are struggling with another addiction at the same time.
Unlike other substances like Alcohol and heroin, Antidepressant are less addictive. Other substances produce cravings that antidepressant abusers do not have to cope with. If you believe antidepressants are presently controlling your life call on 0800 772 3971 for one of our addiction specialists or better still contact your general physician first.
Physical reliance on Antidepressants can still be developed by its users. Also, there's a greater chance that the will abuse additional substances.
Addiction to an antidepressant can develop in people who never required the medication in the first instance. To some, an incorrect diagnosis and prescription of antidepressants are given. According to data, available doctors have wrongly diagnosed about 33% of their patients with depression and given them a prescription for unwanted antidepressants.
The addictive nature of antidepressants is still a topic to debate. There is a possibility that they may not be addictive at all. 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. Those who quit the use of antidepressants abruptly usually experience withdrawal symptoms like 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. Those who use prescribed antidepressants should never stop taking them without consulting a doctor first.
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Antidepressants are prescription drugs used in controlling a mild or intense depression. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) & serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors are some of the readily available antidepressants.
SSRIs can treat depression by changing the brain's chemical balance of serotonin. The feeling of being jovial usually arises from this component in the brain. 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.
They come in capsule form and sometimes are tablet in nature to be ingested orally. Some familiar antidepressants are
- Fluoxetine or Prozac
- Citalopram (Celexa)
- Escitalopram (Lexapro)
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Sertraline, or Zoloft
- Venlafaxine (Effexor)
Effects Of Antidepressants Abuse
Some of the most prescribed medications within the states are antidepressants. SSRI and SNRI antidepressants are suggested by most physicians as a more healthy alternative to benzodiazepines.
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.
Antidepressants do not have the ability to provide people with the euphoric effects like some other drugs. If you're looking for a high, you won't get it from an antidepressant. 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 exact its function with time and being retained in the brain. They are not capable of producing immediate effects. This duration is sometimes a whole month or even more.
The desire to feel high when using these drugs is what leads to people taking more of it which is an abuse. 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.
The efficacy of antidepressants can be severely reduced as time goes by and may no longer work for those that really requires them. Once the users don't get the relief they are supposed to from the prescribed medications they increase their dose.
Ingesting large doses of antidepressants can be harmful just as is the case with most other drugs. Those misusing antidepressants heighten their likelihood of taking excessive amounts of it.
You can tell someone is abusing the drug by looking at the following
- Debilitate coordination
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Whirling feeling
- Decrease/increased heart rate
Common Antidepressants Substance Combinations
One of the most familiar substances which is combined with antidepressants is alcohol. Doctors normally suggest avoiding alcohol when an individual is prescribed antidepressants. The people who are more likely to abuse antidepressants are the one's who are already coping with a different addiction.
The mixing of antidepressants and alcohol can cause
- Deepening depression and anxiety
- Intense sedation
- Dangerous levels of high blood pressure
- Impaired 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.
Antidepressants Misuse And The Stats
When prescribed by a doctor it can be harmful to quit antidepressants without a discussion. Stop taking any antidepressant requires attentive medical supervision. You must seek proper guidance before you stop using the antidepressants.