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How to handle depression with antidepressant prescriptions

Depression and Antidepressants

Depression may be caused by many things, including the death of a loved one, sudden breakup and many other problems. Trouble and negative feelings should only be short lived, so we could live our normal lives after resolving these issues.

If the problem persist for some time, there are high chances that depression will affect our well-being and cause other medical problems. These moments require medical attention and you should always consult your doctor and ask for his advice about the problem. The perfect solution might be some of the antidepressant medications and there is no need to suffer any more. Take care of depression when it becomes the problem and don’t waste your time doing nothing about it. Simply, visit the doctor and if necessary he will prescribe some drugs to cure your problem. There are much better chances for recovery if you treat depression on time. Also, the treatment will prevent worsening of your condition and problems with personal relationships that may happen.

What you need to known about antidepressant drugs is that they need some time to show the full efficacy. Ask your doctor when can you expect to see first results and don’t get discouraged if takes several weeks or more, since these medications can help you.

Antidepressant Drugs

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors or MAOIs are drugs prescribed for patients who worry all the time and can't sleep because of these worries and nervousness. These drugs are also used for the treatment of phobias and panic attacks and all of the symptoms mentioned here belong to the group of “atypical” depression signs. These drugs are known to cause dizziness and people using them should not operate any dangerous machinery. There are also some food and drinks which may interfere with the effects of MAOIs, so patients are advised not to use them because of the severe health consequences. Because of that, is it extremely important to follow your doctor’s advices and recommendations.

Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are newer medications. From this group of medications, doctors may prescribe antidepressants such as Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft or Luvox.

Potential Side Effects

Adverse effects may be different for each patient treated for depression. Most of patients who had some troubles complained about blurred vision and dizziness, which prevented them to drive or operate some machinery they used to do.  Dry mouth, weight gain, tiredness and general weakness are also frequently reported side effects of antidepressant medications.

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