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SSRIs

The Danger Behind SSRIs: An Overview

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants in the market. They are mainly used for treating clinical depression, but may also be prescribed to patients with anxiety disorders, panic disorders, and obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD).

HOW SSRIS WORK

SSRIs ease depression by affecting the chemical messengers, or neurotransmitters, used to communicate between brain cells. Most of the following antidepressants work by changing the levels of one or more of these naturally occurring brain chemicals.

The primary cause of depression is a shortage of serotonin. With more serotonin present, the brain can more efficiently transmit messages regarding sleep regulation, mood, and emotions. This in turn helps control symptoms of depression.

LIST OF SSRI ANTIDEPRESSANT DRUGS

The following SSRI antidepressant drugs have been approved by the FDA to treat depression and other conditions. However, currently, the FDA is reviewing these drugs because of the dangerous side effects they can cause.

MOTHERS AND SSRIS

Many antidepressants, including SSRIs, may harm your unborn child if you take them during pregnancy or while you are breast-feeding. In fact, FDA findings indicate increased birth defects in newborns, including serious heart and lung defects associated, with the use of the anti-depressant drug Paxil during pregnancy.

If you are pregnant and taking an SSRI, consult your doctor before possible discontinuation since a fivefold risk of relapse in depression in pregnant women who stopped taking antidepressants was recently reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

MORE DANGEROUS SIDE EFFECTS OF SSRIS

All SSRIs work in a similar way, and almost all SSRIs are known to cause one or more of the following symptoms and side effects.

Side effects of SSRIs can include:

  • Serotonin Syndrome
    • This is characterized by fever, confusion, muscle rigidity, and cardiac, liver, or kidney problems.
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Tremors
  • Thoughts of Suicide
  • Headache
  • Nervousness, agitation or restlessness
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Rash
  • Increased sweating
  • Weight gain
  • Drowsiness
  • Insomnia

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