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Non Addictive Antidepressants With Few Side Effects
Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more
It depends: The answer to this depends on the specific antidepressant you're asking about, as they're not all the same. If you can please tell us which medication you're wondering about, we can provide a better answer. Best wishes. ...Read more
Many possible: This is an extremely wide question, as side effects depend on the particular antidepressant you're asking about. If you can please tell us which antidepressant you mean, we can respond more helpfully. Thank you. ...Read more
Disorientation: The word confusion is attempting to describe a disconnect between thoughts and understanding that can lead to a feeling of disorientation. It also involves at time a lack of awareness of the time, place and situation that you are present dealing with. Some antidepressants may lead to this feeling. ...Read more
Side effects: The most common problem will be potentiation of sedating side effects. ...Read more
Recommendations for antidepressant with fewest side effects? Celexa (citalopram) no affect on me when I tried it a few years ago. S.A.D. Is an issue for me.
Depends on med: Different medications have different side effects. Ssris are most known for weight gain, nausea, headache, and sexual side effects. Wellbutrin (bupropion) may increase anxiety and increase risk of seizures. Remeron is sedating and may increase appetite. Ask your doctor about side effects for your medication. All can increase suicidal thoughts in adolescents and young adults. ...Read more
Everyone's different: If there was one answer to this question, everyone would be given the same antidepressant! Instead we choose antidepressants to minimize the side effects most likely to disturb that specific patient. E.G., a sedating antidepressant is good if a patient can't sleep, but bad if a patient can't stay awake. Modern antidepressants are about equal on average — but no one is "average". ...Read more
More serotonin: Ssris increase the amount of serotonin in the synapes between the neurons in your brain. This increase in serotonin helps depressive symptoms, showing an effect in 2-3 weeks, 4-6 weeks for full effect. Short term side effects include mild nausea and headaches for a few days to a week, while more long term side effects include increased appetite and decreased libido and delayed ejaculation for men. ...Read more
Mostly reversible: Most of the adverse effects with anti-depressants are felt to be reversible, as in resolve when you stop the medication. ...Read more
Rather quickly: Side effects are usually quick to appear within days or weeks but sexual side effects are usually later. ...Read more
Depends: It depends on which antidepressant, and which side effect. Often the side effects are noticeable before the benefits, so it is important to have a good relationship with your doctor so you can ask questions and stick it through until the benefits kick in. ...Read more
That depends: Does the individual have typical or atypical depressive symptoms? I think you might have been the person who had difficulty on Lexapro - that often has less side effects for people. However, just because you had significant side effects on one selective serotonergic reuptake inhibitor does not necessarily mean that you won't be able to tolerate others. ...Read more
SE, how soon?: Most antidepressants are known to cause some uncomfortable, usual non-lethal although very uncomfortable. SE are more frequent at the early stage, usually the first week. Less frequently there is total intolerance, and an alternative SSRI could be more tolerable. Late side effects are less frequent. ...Read more
Which one?: Discontinuation syndrome may occur with some.Get a more detailed answer ›
Can someone be on antidepressants his whole life? Can this actually happen? Long term side effects?
Very much so: Some people have mood disorders that are "temporary" and are fine with just short term medications. Other people do require long term, even life long antidepressant therapy. It basically has similar effects as short term therapy. You should always feel comfortable reviewing with your psychiatrist possibly stopping or decreasing medications. Again every person is different. Best of luck. ...Read more
What to do if I had to go cold turkey off my antidepressant. What can be some of the side effects of this?
DEPENDS: It largely depends on dose of medication and type of medications you were taking. Some medication, like Prozac (fluoxetine) has long half life, therefore, it eliminates from the body slowly and has no or minimal withdrawal symptoms. Generally, highter the dose, withdrwal symptoms are more prominent. ...Read more
Can you tell me some negative side effects of antidepressants in general- not one medication specifically?
There are several different antidepressant medications that are very different, so side effect profiles vary depending on the class and specific medication.
Drowsiness, dry mouth, blurry vision, constipation, dry eyes may occur with tricyclics. Sexual dysfunction and nausea is seen commonly with ssri's, less so with snri's. Some people experience a little stimulation with fluoxetine and bupropion. ...Read more
I am an MBBS class topper & will be taking my exam in september. But feel short term memory now so need antidepressant which are without side effects?
Sleep and relax: What you need is good sleep and try to relax. Your brain is fatigued. No medicine can help you better than a good plan for next 3 months. Do not let anxiety ruin your progress so far. Stay confident, sleep at least 8h/24 h, eat well, do not forget physical exercise. Talk about your progress with your friends. Good luck with your exam! ...Read more
Not a rare problem: Most antidepressant meds have adverse event potential, but since various meds have somewhat differing profiles, might propose consideration for a different drug. Discuss your reactions with your doctor and make some decisions. ...Read more
Depends: Nausea and headaches tend to last only a few days, up to a week. Sometimes the sedation may take a few weeks to acclimate. Some, like sexual dysfunction do not wear off, and stay with the person until they stop the medication. ...Read more
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