Antidepressants are a group of medications that are mainly used to manage mental health diseases such as depression. Some of the medication in this category may also be used in the treatment of anxiety, phobias, bulimia (an eating disorder), and some physical conditions. Antidepressants are very effective in reliving symptoms such as sleep problems, restlessness, suicidal thoughts and anxiety.
This group of medications (antidepressants) are available as tablets, capsules, and as injections for parental administration in various brands and generics.
There a variety of classes by which antidepressants fall under, below is a list of the one of the most commonly used antidepressants.
Each type of antidepressant has a slight different mechanism of action and they act on different neurotransmitters in the body to balance certain chemicals so as to achive the desired outcome.
Antidepressants are used in the management of mental health disease such as depression. They aid with symptoms such as:
All antidepressants require a prescription from the doctor. Some of the most frequently antidepressants prescribed by doctor are:
Prescription or over the counter
Paxil, Pexeva, Brisdelle
Some of the side effects involved with the use of antidepressants may include:
The use of any antidepressants medication is contraindicated in any patient who is hypersensitive to any of the active ingredients or any ingredients used in the formulation.
Always remember to inform your doctor of any allergies or medical condition you may have, medications you are currently taking. If you are breastfeeding or pregnant and any other important health conditions you might have.
Medication for treatment of depression takes about six weeks to fully archive its desired outcome, therefore patients should always allow time for trial and error dose/treatment when prescribed antidepressants. Patients should also have in mind that a treatment plan that works perfectly for one person might not have the same effects on another hence finding the right drug for your treatment can take some time.
Talk to your doctor
Always remember to talk to you doctor about how long it will take for you medication to start working, such that if your symptoms have not improved by that time, you can notify your doctor so that a more effective treatment plan can be set up for you.