Antidepressants are used to treat mood disorders like depression and they change the brain's chemical makeup. It happens so that those who abuse antidepressants are struggling with another addiction at the same time.
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, it should be noted that antidepressant addiction is real and possible just like in the other drugs. 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. The major cause for this phenomenon is the misdiagnosis of people as dealing with a depressive condition and prescribed antidepressants. 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. Some use the withdrawal symptoms from the drug as a proof of their addictive nature. 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. Those prescribed antidepressants should seek their physician's permission first before proceeding to quit the medication.
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Knowledge Of Antidepressants
The feeling of sadness and low self esteem is usually treated using the analgesics. The most used forms of antidepressants medication are selective serotonin inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin and norepinephrine inhibitors (SNRIs).
Controlling brain depression using SSRIs causes the balance of serotonin in the brain chemical balance Temperament and outlook on life are impacted by this chemical. Moods are similarly heightened by SSRIs when it interacts with norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain.
Physicians are besides known to prescribe antidepressants as a treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder [OCD] and generalised anxiety disorder.
Antidepressants are almost always available as tablets or capsules, which can be ingested orally. Some familiar antidepressants are
- Fluoxetine (Prozac)
- Citalopram (Celexa)
- Escitalopram, or Lexapro
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Sertraline (Zoloft)
- Venlafaxine (Effexor)
Antidepressants Abuse And Effects
The most used prescription drug is the antidepressants in the United States. 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. 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. Speaking in simple terms this means that antidepressants cannot give you a high. It is quite unfortunate that some people still believe they can get high when they use these drugs.
The jovial and excitement nature will not come however much of the drug you take.
Antidepressants function over a period of time after accumulating within the brain. They are not capable of producing immediate effects. Antidepressants can take more than thirty days before it begins functioning.
The desire to feel high when using these drugs is what leads to people taking more of it which is an abuse. To increase the effect of the medication, some people combine antidepressants with other substances 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. As a result of this, some users may be forced to multiply their intake when they cannot get the needed relief from what was recommended.
There are severe consequences when the drug is taken in large amounts. Those misusing antidepressants heighten their likelihood of taking excessive amounts of it.
Signs of An Antidepressant Overdose Can Include
- Impaired coordination
- Changes in the heart activity
Combinations Commonly Used With Antidepressants
Alcohol is one of the major substance which is being combined with antidepressants. Doctors normally suggest avoiding alcohol when an individual is prescribed antidepressants. 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
- Worsened anxiety or depression
- Becoming somnolent
- Dangerous levels of high blood pressure
- Reduced coordination
Some people find it difficult to wait for their antidepressants to begin functioning. People will often self medicate with marijuana or opiates while the wait for the medication to work.
Statistics On Antidepressants Usage
If a physician recommends antidepressants, stopping its usage can be hazardous. Stop taking any antidepressant requires attentive medical supervision. It is highly required not to stop any antidepressant with no support.