Depression and other mood disorders are treated with antidepressants that alter the chemistry of the brain. People to abuse antidepressants could very rightly be struggling with an addiction of another type.
Drugs like alcohol and heroin are addictive in a distinctly different way than antidepressants. Other substances produce cravings that antidepressant abusers do not have to cope with. Call one of our addiction specialists or get in touch with your general physician first if you feel like antidepressants have taken control of your life on 0800 772 3971.
A physical dependence on antidepressants can still emerge. 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. 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 quality of antidepressants are still being deliberated by physicians. These medications are considered non-addictive by many. 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.
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. People should speak to their doctor before they stop taking prescribed antidepressants.
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What Is Antidepressants
Antidepressants are prescription drugs used in controlling a mild or intense depression. Some of the most common forms of antidepressant medication are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors [SSRIs] and serotonin, and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors [SNRIs].
Controlling brain depression using SSRIs causes the balance of serotonin in the brain chemical balance The chemical has the capacity to impact mood and to help users to get a positive feeling about their lives. Moods are similarly heightened by SSRIs when it interacts with norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain.
Nervousness is also treated using the antidepressants but a doctor must prescribe it for you first.
Tablet or extended release capsules are the two forms of antidepressants that are available. Some of these analgesics include
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Citalopram (Celexa)
- Escitalopram, or Lexapro
- Paroxetine, or Paxil
- Sertraline (Zoloft)
- Venlafaxine (Effexor)
Effects Of Abusing Antidepressants
In the United States of America, Antidepressants are among the majority of the prescribed medications. 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. If you're looking for a high, you won't get it from an antidepressant. But, this doesn't stop people from attempting it.
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. The effects of the drug are not immediate. An antidepressant will take over a month before it begins to work efficiently.
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.
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.
Ingesting large doses of antidepressants can be harmful just as is the case with most other drugs. The risk of overdosing is increased when people abuse antidepressants.
Overdose symptoms include
- Reduced coordination
- Decreased mental acuity
- Passing out
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Whirling feeling
- Decrease/increased heart rate
Combinations Commonly Used With Antidepressants
Many people tend to take the antidepressants together with alcohol. While taking antidepressants it is recommended not to drink alcohol. Those who are addicted to other substance, such as alcohol are more inclined towards antidepressants abuse.
The use of antidepressants with alcohol can bring several problems such as
- Severe depression and anxiety
- Intense sedation
- Severely high blood pressure
- Lack of focus
Some people find it difficult to wait for their antidepressants to begin functioning. During this waiting period, some people suffering from depression decide to use other drugs like marijuana and opiates.
Antidepressants Abuse And Statistics
Prescribed medicine should never be stopped unless with the instructions of the doctor. Stop taking any antidepressant requires attentive medical supervision. If someone wants to stop taking their antidepressant, it is necessary that the have assistance.