Addicted To 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 alcohol and heroin it is well known that antidepressants are not addictive. The desire to continuously use other drugs is usually more compared to the one for antidepressants. 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.
However, it should be noted that antidepressant addiction is real and possible just like in the other drugs. Its addiction causes people to start desiring the use of other drugs.
Addiction to an antidepressant can develop in people who never required the medication in the first instance. There are cases when people get diagnosed by mistake with depression and get antidepressants prescription. According to a research, almost two-thirds of patients are incorrectly diagnosed with depression by some physicians and given an unwarranted prescription of antidepressants.
The addictive behaviour of antidepressants is still being deliberated by medical practitioners There is a possibility that they may not be addictive at all. Others who think dependence can form often use withdrawal symptoms as proof of addiction. When people suddenly quit antidepressants they 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. People should speak to their doctor before they stop taking prescribed antidepressants.
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Knowledge Of Antidepressants
Antidepressants can be described as prescription medications, which are used to treat conditions of moderate to severe depression. Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) & serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors are some of the readily available antidepressants.
Controlling brain depression using SSRIs causes the balance of serotonin in the brain chemical balance The feeling of being jovial usually arises from this component in the brain. Moods are similarly heightened by SSRIs when it interacts with norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain.
Antidepressants are also prescribed by physicians in curing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and generalized anxiety disorder.
Antidepressants are very easy to get as pills or caplets. Some of these analgesics include
- Fluoxetine or Prozac
- Citalopram (Celexa)
- Escitalopram (Lexapro)
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Sertraline (Zoloft)
- Venlafaxine (Effexor)
Effects Of Abusing Antidepressants
Antidepressants are among the most prescribed medications in the United States. Many doctors prescribe SNRIs and SSRIs as antidepressants because they consider it to be a safer alternative to benzodiazepines.
The potential for abuse is lower with antidepressants as it is considered by doctors prescribing the same. Antidepressant drugs are still abused, though.
Antidepressants do not have the ability to provide people with the euphoric effects like some other drugs. Speaking in simple terms this means that antidepressants cannot give you a high. However, it is not refrained people from trying to make an example of the medications provided to them.
The jovial and excitement nature will not come however much of the drug you take.
They build up in the brain and work over an extended period of time. The effects of the drug are not immediate. Some antidepressants don't reach effective levels for over a month.
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.
After an extended period of time, the chance of antidepressants not functioning effectively even for those who need them is high. This results in some users increasing their doses because they are not finding the relief they need according to the prescription.
With antidepressants just like almost any other drug increasing the dose can be dangerous. Those misusing antidepressants heighten their likelihood of taking excessive amounts of it.
Signs of an antidepressant overdose include
- Impaired coordination
- Decreased mental acuity
- Blacking out
- Whirling feeling
- Irregular heart rate
Combinations Commonly Used With Antidepressants
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.
Some of the effects arising from a combined use of antidepressants and alcohol include
- Severe depression and anxiety
- Intense sedation
- Severe hypertension
Many people find it difficult to wait for the antidepressants prescribed for them to begin working. During the waiting period, it is common to notice people suffering from depression self-medicating themselves with other drugs such as marijuana and opiates.
Antidepressants Abuse And Statistics
If a physician recommends antidepressants, stopping its usage can be hazardous. Careful medical attention is needed in successfully getting off any antidepressant. If someone wants to stop taking their antidepressant, it is necessary that the have assistance.