Addicted To Antidepressants
The chemical makeup of the brain is changed by antidepressants when they are used to treat mood disorders like depression. Those misusing antidepressants are likely to be addicted to other substances.
The dependence on antidepressants is different from other substances such as alcohol and heroin. People who abuse antidepressants don't experience cravings that other drugs cause. Call your doctor or one of our addiction counsellors today if on 0800 772 3971 you think you've lost control.
However, it should be noted that antidepressant addiction is real and possible just like in the other drugs. There are great chances they also abuse other drugs.
Antidepressant addiction can even form in people who normally didn't even needed to use them. To some, an incorrect diagnosis and prescription of antidepressants are given. A study showed that doctors wrongly diagnosed and prescribed medication for depression 2/3 of the time.
However, the nature of dependency on antidepressants is being evaluated by the doctors. Many regarded these medications to be non-addictive. Numerous others have pointed out to the withdrawal symptoms of antidepressants by claiming that it is evidence that a dependence upon the drug can form. Those who quit the use of antidepressants abruptly usually experience withdrawal symptoms like nausea, hand tremors, and depression.
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 who use prescribed antidepressants should never stop taking them without consulting a doctor first.
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Moderate and serious depression are treated prescribed antidepressants. The popular types of antidepressant drugs are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).
SSRIs treat depression in a way that it changes the brain's chemical balance of serotonin The feeling of being jovial usually arises from this component in the brain. Norepinephrine and serotonin both get a boost from SNRIs to help improve mood.
Antidepressants are also prescribed by physicians in curing obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and generalized 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 (Lexapro)
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Sertraline, or Zoloft
- Venlafaxine (Effexor)
Antidepressants Misuse Effects
Of all the drugs prescribed in the US, antidepressants are one of the most prescribed. Most doctors prescribe SSRI and SNRI antidepressants as a less dangerous alternative to benzodiazepines.
The potential for abuse is lower with antidepressants as it is considered by doctors prescribing the same. Regardless of that, some people still abuse antidepressant medications.
The excitement nature experienced on other drugs such as Cocaine is not felt when using antidepressants. If you're looking for a high, you won't get it from an antidepressant. Yet, many people try to achieve that.
Since antidepressants improve moods, many people believe that high dosage of the medication should bring the feeling of excitement and ecstasy, but that is not how the medication function.
The brain will start experiencing gradually the chemical component coming from the antidepressants that you are abusing. They do not work quickly. Antidepressants can take more than thirty days before it begins functioning.
The majority of Antidepressants misuse is usually mainly a person increasing their recommended dosage when they presume that the medication function is much slower than expected. 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.
Their positive effects of lowering depression may end up not happening. This results in some users increasing their doses because they are not finding the relief they need according to the prescription.
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 include
- Shivering constantly
- Abnormal heartbeat
Common Combinations Of Antidepressants And Other Drugs
Alcohol is one of the major substance which is being combined with antidepressants. This is however very risky according to the doctors. The likelihood of abuse of antidepressants among people who are already suffering from other addictions like alcoholism is also on the higher side.
Some of the effects arising from a combined use of antidepressants and alcohol include
- Severe depression and anxiety
- Becoming somnolent
- Dangerously high blood pressure
- Impaired coordination
For some people waiting for the antidepressant to start working can be really hard to do. During the waiting period, it is common to notice people suffering from depression self-medicating themselves with other drugs such as marijuana and opiates.
Facts And Figures Of Antidepressants Misuse
If a physician recommends antidepressants, stopping its usage can be hazardous. Careful medical supervision will be essential when quitting any antidepressant. It is of great importance not to quit any antidepressants without proper help.