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Understanding Antidepressants

What are antidepressants? How can you understand antidepressants? Understanding how antidepressants work? Do antidepressants cure my depression?

Understanding antidepressants: they are doctor prescribed medicine used to treat the symptoms of depression. Their purpose is to balance out some of the natural chemicals in the brain. The brain’s neurotransmitters are associated with depression such as: serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine. The antidepressants affect the neurotransmitters in different ways to for lack of better words balance them out.

Understanding How Antidepressants Work:


Antidepressants are the popular choice of treatment for depression. Antidepressants do not cure depression, they do however treat the symptoms of depression. There are many antidepressants, please remember that just because the first did not work it does not mean it wont work for you. Antidepressants are not a one-size-fits-all. We recommend that you communicate with your doctor about how your antidepressant makes you feel. To read more about antidepressants to understand them, follow the link to Medline.

There are many types of antidepressants, they include:

  • Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs): generally a drug prescribed by doctors to begin treatment.
  • Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
  • Atypical antidepressants
  •  Tricyclic antidepressants
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs): requires a strict diet because of the dangerous possibility of interactions with certain foods, medications such as birth control and herbal supplements.
  • Other Medication Options: a doctor could recommend combining two antidepressants, or combining antidepressants with other medications, or combining antidepressants with psychotherapy.

How to make your antidepressant work best for you:

  • Be patient: In some cases you will see improvements in you from using antidepressants in as quickly as a few weeks. Or it may take six or more weeks for your perscribed antidepressant to be in full effect. Avoid stopping your own medication. Before making changes, please consult your doctor.
  • Take your doses correctly: Take your antidepressant dosages at the correct times and be consistent.
  • Keep track of side effects: Keep track of any side effects and whether they improve with time.
  • Explore Other Options: there are different options of antidepressants. Talk to you doctor about other treatment options such as psychotherapy in combination with antidepressants.

Common Symptoms:

Some of the common symptoms that may arise include:

  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Sleep problems
  • Restlessness
  • Sexual problems

To clarify, there are other known symptoms, above all it is important to stay in contact and speak with your doctor about them. Your doctor can adjust your dosage or they can adjust the type of antidepressant.

For more information about the treatment options Embracia Clinic offers, or to call to make an appointment, follow the link.

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