As the name describes “antidepressant” is a drug that is used to cure the patient who is suffering from moderate to severe depression. It is not addictive to the patient like other drugs are. The antidepressant abuser might not even feel the cravings for it. a common form of the antidepressant that is prescribed are:
• Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
• Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
People who are using the antidepressant can be using it for various reasons. It can also be used by them to withdraw other drugs.
Some even start taking the drug due to the wrong diagnose done by the doctor for the depression. They prescribe the antidepressant for no reason. There is a contradiction among the doctors related to the addiction to antidepressants. Some consider it addictive while some not. Antidepressants are also used for the treatment of the obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and generalized anxiety disorder.
People who leave the antidepressants suddenly after a long use might face some problems like nausea, hand tremors, and depression.
Some of the common antidepressants available in the market are:
• Fluoxetine (Prozac)
• Citalopram (Celexa)
• Sertraline (Zoloft)
• Venlafaxine (Effexor)
• Escitalopram (Lexapro)
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Effects and Abuse
An antidepressant is the most prescribed drug in America. This because they consider that there is less chance of abuse of it. But some of the people still abuse it.
Antidepressants do not give you the euphoric experience that is you cannot get high by using these drugs. But this does not stop them from abusing it. they think that if it is used for improving the mood then high dose must give them high.
After some time people start forming the tolerance toward the drug and it stops giving them the desired result. It is not necessary that person who is not abusing will never form tolerance, after some time they will.
This makes those genuine users to take the higher doses or mix other drugs like alcohol to feel relief.
People who are abusing the antidepressant should keep in mind that excessive use can cause various problems. it can also be the reason for the overdose. Some of the common signs of the antidepressant overdose include:
• Impaired coordination
• Uncontrollable shaking
• Irregular heartbeat
Mixing drugs can be dangerous composition to proceed with even this does not stop the people. The most common substance that is mixed with the antidepressant is Alcohol. Doctors often warn the patient to do this. Alcoholics are the usual culprits who mix the antidepressants. This combination can cause:
• Intense sedation
• Dangerously high blood pressure
• Impaired coordination
• Depression gets worse
Some people mix drugs like marijuana or opiates to feel high.
Antidepressant Addiction Statistics
• Antidepressant medication is taken by Americans is around 10 percent.
• There is a rapid increase of 400 percent in the usage of an antidepressant drug in America between 2005 and 2008.
• Around 60 percent of the patients who are on antidepressant medication are consuming it for 2 years or more.
Quitting from the addiction can be a tough thing to do. The person who is suffering from the antidepressant addiction should not try to leave it on your own. There is a need for proper supervision required to leave it. this type of thing can be done easily at the rehabilitation center.
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