Potentially Relaxing, Potentially Dangerous
Antidepressants are widely used around the globe, helping many people deal with their mental problems, self-esteem related issues and many other things. However, the exact effect of most of these medications has not yet been discovered. Rather, they influence certain parts of a person's brain, having depression removal as one of the effects. Nevertheless, researches have shown that there is a significant amount of danger regarding these medications, because there are numerous side-effects, possibly fatal for one's health.
Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors
These types of antidepressants influence certain parts of brain, disallowing the chemical serotonine to enter it. Also, these types of medications are choices of many who want to fight off their depression. Even though highly effective in its purpose, this drug is also known to increase risk from stroke. Namely, those who use it, especially women in their menopausal periods, have up to 45% greater chances of suffering from this heart failure.
Further on, these drugs increase one's suicidal tendencies. Therefore, those who use them may cause a threat to themselves, at some point of their lives. Finally, pregnant women are not advised to use these antidepressants. This is mainly because their child may be born defective due to certain unwanted side-effects of the serotonin uptake inhibitors.
Other Types of Drugs and Their Side-effects
Next on the list come tricycliscs. These antidepressants present a type older than those previously mentioned. They are rarely used due to their abundance of negative sides. However, sometimes, when a person cannot be cured by using serotonin uptake inhibitors, he or she is prescribed these. Drowsiness, dizziness and blurred vision are just some of the side-effects. Besides these, one may experience sexual dysfunction, constipation, dry mouth and even increased heart rate. All these side-effects are quite dangerous. Therefore, only in dire need should one take this category of medications.
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors are the next type of potentially dangerous antidepressants. Even though these may be effective with cases of major depression, bipolar disorders and similar conditions, one should still be careful while using them. Namely, fish, chocolate, processed food, pickles, alcoholic drinks and many others should be avoided while using these medications since mixing them with any of the food types mentioned can result in a stroke.
Moreover, none of the antidepressants mentioned throughout this article should be combined with one another, since the outcome of such a mixture may even be fatal.
Finally, although newer medications made for these purposes, try to have the least side-effects, they still do have them. Thus, regarding of the type of the antidepressant, one should be careful whenever using them.