The feeling of being sad and despaired is usually treated using antidepressants. 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. If you believe antidepressants are presently controlling your life call on 0800 772 3971 for one of our addiction specialists or better still contact your general physician first.
However, it should be noted that antidepressant addiction is real and possible just like in the other drugs. The likelihood of them abusing other drugs can also increase under these conditions.
If it's your first time to use the antidepressants, you may end up being dependent to it. The major cause for this phenomenon is the misdiagnosis of people as dealing with a depressive condition and prescribed antidepressants. Many patients have been wrongly advised to start using the antidepressant with knowledge that they have depression.
The addictive quality of antidepressants are still being deliberated by physicians. The reason for this is because the medical fraternity considers antidepressants as non addictive. The withdrawal indications of antidepressants can serve as proofs of dependence formation as pointed by others. Being sad and shivering are some of the side effects experienced when you stop using the antidepressants.
The beneficial nature of these drugs cannot be overlooked even though they might be addictive. A medic should always be consulted before one cuts short the use of the antidepressants.
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Learn About Antidepressants
Antidepressants are prescription medications used to treat moderate to severe depression. The most used forms of antidepressants medication are selective serotonin inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin and norepinephrine inhibitors (SNRIs).
SSRIs can treat depression by changing the brain's chemical balance of serotonin. The feeling of being jovial usually arises from this component in the brain. SNRIs in a similar way boosts mood by interacting with norepinephrine and serotonin in the brain.
Physicians also treat obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and generalized anxiety disorder with prescription antidepressants.
Antidepressants are very easy to get as pills or caplets. Some familiar antidepressants are
- Fluoxetine or Prozac
- Citalopram or Celexa
- Escitalopram, or Lexapro
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Sertraline (Zoloft)
- Venlafaxine (Effexor)
Antidepressants Addiction And The Effects
The most used prescription drug is the antidepressants in the United States. Benzodiazepines are an alternative, but most doctors prescribe SSRIs and SNRIs because they aren't as dangerous,
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.
Other medications give an elated effect that antidepressants do not provide. If you're looking for a high, you won't get it from an antidepressant. This does not prevent some people from trying still.
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.
Antidepressants function over a period of time after accumulating within the brain. This means that it will take a very long time for the effects of the drugs to be felt. Some antidepressants don't reach effective levels for over a month.
Sometimes, people might not believe the medication is effective quickly enough; then these people typically abuse the drugs by taking more. People also try to increase the effectiveness of antidepressants by mixing them with other drugs, like alcohol.
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.
With antidepressants just like almost any other drug increasing the dose can be dangerous. Taking excessive dosage is one of the most common side effects of abusing this drug.
Antidepressants overdose indications includes
- Debilitate coordination
- Shivering constantly
- Decrease/increased heart rate
Typical Drug Mixtures That Include Antidepressants
One of the most familiar substances which is combined with antidepressants is alcohol. Doctors instruct people to stay away from alcohol when on these drugs. Those who already suffer from another addiction, like alcoholism, have greater chances to abuse antidepressants.
Antidepressants when combined with alcohol can cause problems related to
- Increased feeling of despair
- Intense sedation
- Severely high blood pressure
- Lack of focus
Many people find it difficult to wait for the antidepressants prescribed for them to begin working. While waiting, people suffering from depression may treat themselves with other drugs such as marijuana and opiates without receiving a professional advice of a medical practitioner.
Statistics On Antidepressants Usage
If prescribed by a physician, it can be especially dangerous to stop taking antidepressants. Detailed medical care is necessary when stopping these medications. It is essential not to quit antidepressants of any type without assistance.