Depression Medication Types and Side Effects

It is very necessary to cure depression before it gets the severe form. If it is not cured at the right time or ignored you may find yourself in a big trouble. Medication through drugs or medicines is one of the best ways to get rid of depression. Medication for depression varies person to person. There are people that do not respond to medication way of getting rid of depression.

Depression Medication Types and Side Effects

There are so many types of medicines and other techniques that help you getting rid of depression. Some of these may have side effects associated with them. Antidepressants are very helpful in getting rid of severe to most common type of depression. The only thing that you need to be worried about is the prescription of the antidepressants as it varies person to person. Antidepressants are not 100% free from side effects. All the antidepressants come with some sort of side effects. Following are the most often used types of antidepressants:

SSRI (Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors):

SSRI’s are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants. It is a new kind of antidepressant. These medicines are used by changing the amount of chemicals in the human brain system known as serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter which is found in the human brain. Drugs that are used under SSRI include Fluoxetine (Prozac), Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, Paxil and Zoloft.

Side effects of these drugs include sexual problems such as low sex force or incapability to have an orgasm are common but reversible side effects, dizziness, headaches, vomiting right after a dose, sleeplessness, feeling nervous.

Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs):

TCA’s are one of the first antidepressants used to get rid of depression. These antidepressants mainly affect two chemical neurotransmitters known as nor epinephrine and serotonin in the human brain. These are drugs very effective in getting rid of depression. Despite of good results they have more side effects, which is the reason TCA is not commonly used antidepressant. Drugs used under TCA medication include Pertofrane Anafranil, Surmontil, Adapin, Aventyl, Elavil, Norpramin, Pamelor and Sinequan.

Side effects of these drugs are, Sexual problems start appearing, your mouth keeps on drying, your vision gets unclear, fatigue and sleepiness problems, you put on weight, constipation, urine retention, dizziness problems, daytime drowsiness, your heart beat gets increased by huge amount.

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOI)

MAOI’s are also one of the famous and first used types of antidepressants. These medicines are best for those people that do not respond to all the other medications or techniques to get rid of depression. If you want to take these medicines then always make sure you do not eat certain dairy products like cheese, butter etc. Consult with the specialist and get instructions for your diet. Drugs used under MAOI include Parnate, Nardil and Marplan.

Side effects of MAOI may be, mild to severe headache, fast heart beat, pain in the chest, stiffness in the neck area, vomiting at times. Always seek a medical attention if you see these symptoms in you

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