A 40-year-old member asked:
when should someone take selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors?
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Psychiatry 22 years experience
Depression: These medications are usually a first line medication for depression although they have other uses.
A 36-year-old member asked:
How does your serotonin levels affect when you fall asleep?
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Sleep Medicine 17 years experience
Sleep chemical: Serotonin is a common brain chemical messenger. It is part of the wake promoting system of the brain. Along with other chemical messengers, it helps keeps us awake during the day. It tends to be less active as we fall asleep, when other sleep promoting chemicals take over.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Are there any definite known negative side effects to 5-htp or having artificially raised serotonin?
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General Practice 18 years experience
Yes: Anxiety and heart palpitations have been reported with the drug.
Can lack of seratonan cause one to always feel tired?
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Family Medicine 19 years experience
Possibly: Although there is no perfect way to test this theory, many studies have shown a relationship to depression and seratonin. Most medications used to treat depression revolve around seratonin levels. Because one of the hallmark findings of depression is fatigue...The answer to your question is that this is a possibility.
A 32-year-old member asked:
What would happen if your seratonin levels greatly increased in a short period of time?
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Obstetrics and Gynecology 20 years experience
Feel good: You would probably have a rush sensation in your body.
A 45-year-old member asked:
What does "selective" mean in selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor?
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Psychiatry 49 years experience
Just one type: "selective" in this case refers to the fact that the previous generation of antidepressants, the tricyclics, worked on all 3 of the neurotransmitters in the brain thought to be involved in depression in varying degrees; serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. Prozac, (fluoxetine) and the other ssris act almost entirely on serotonin.
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