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Doctor insights on: Serotonin Antagonist And Reuptake Inhibitor Antidepressant

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How do "serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitors" ssris work?

How do "serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitors" ssris work?

Still unclear: We know what they do--block reuptake at the neuron. But, why that helps with depression and anxiety, among other disorders, remains unclear. Especially puzzling is why it typically takes weeks or even months to produce the effect, suggesting strongly that it is not the direct effect that causes improvement but some change that induces downstream. ...Read more

Serotonin (Definition)

Serotonin is a chemical derived from the Amino Acid tryptophan and acts as a neurotransmitter (communicating ...Read more


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I was wondering does the antidepressant Effexor (venlafaxine) have a stronger serotonin reuptake blocker than paxil?

I was wondering does the antidepressant Effexor (venlafaxine) have a stronger serotonin reuptake blocker than paxil?

It is different: Paxil is only an SSRI . Effexor (venlafaxine) works on two receptor sites. They work in different ways and it depends on what helps more. They both work on serotonin but it is hard to compare strength. ...Read more

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If told am clinically depressed but don't want to take antidepressants, is there something else I can do to increase dopamine & serotonin ?

If told am clinically depressed but don't want to take antidepressants, is there something else I can do to increase dopamine & serotonin ?

Yes: Exercise, good nutrition, fish oil supplements [omega fatty acids], and s-adenosyl methionine supplements [sam] are all natural ways that can help mild to moderate depression. Psychotherapy is also affect for depression, and a discussion with a mental health professional can help guide you in this direction. Hope this answer helps. ...Read more

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I was recently in the hospital to check and make sure I didn't have serotonin syndrome. They told me to stop taking the antidepressants. Is that safe?

I was recently in the hospital to check and make sure I didn't have serotonin syndrome. They told me to stop taking the antidepressants. Is that safe?

Antidepressants can: Antidepressants can cause teh hyperserotinin syndrome. If this is your case your physiciasn can drop the dosage or if necessary stop it. This is something you need to discuss with your physician because I agree with your hesitation and you need to be certain that there is a plan for your depression therapy. ...Read more

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How can I naturally raise my serotonin levels I have mild anxiety my dr gave me a antidepressant but want to try a natural aproach first?

Serotonin: I'm sure your doc is skilled and offers a good way to go. Alternatively, you can get your neurotransmitters measured via a lab test by neuroscience lab (urine sample). Then targeted Amino Acid therapy (supplement formulas) can be used as suggested by your results. ...Read more

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How does Buspar (buspirone) help anxiety? Does it raise serotonin like an SSRI antidepressant?

How does Buspar (buspirone) help anxiety? Does it raise serotonin like an SSRI antidepressant?

Uniquely: Actually it it thought to restrain the effects of too much serotonin. It's complicated but the simple answer is NO - it does not work like an SSRI - nor other anti-anxiety drugs. Here's info but also ask your Dr and/or druggist. http://www.healthieryou.com/mhexpert/exp1041502a.html Best! ...Read more

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Do you need to increase your serotonin levels every few years or will the antidepressant you originally were placed on keep working?

Anti-depressants are: a mixed bag... I've known people who have been on the same one for 10+ years with consistently good results. I've known patients who get a good result, yet in a matter of months, the effect fades. We don't know why, but when the effect thins, most psychiatrists try another medication, usually in a different class. Some will augment your existing med first with a second medication. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take ssri antidepressant(luvox) together with cat's claw since this contains alkaloids?Wont i make serotonin syndrome or somwthing else?

Is it safe to take ssri antidepressant(luvox) together with cat's claw since this contains alkaloids?Wont i make serotonin syndrome or somwthing else?

No: My sources do not report any interaction, but it is always important to report all substances you are taking to your prescribing physician. ...Read more