What Should You Know About Antidepressants

Antidepressants – are psychotropic remedies, which revive spirits, relieve anxiety and stress, and raise mental activity. The cure includes intake of several antidepressants.

Antidepressants are used for depression treatment, some anxious disorders and other diseases.

Beneficial action

Antidepressants may relief anxiety and depression. Because of sedative effect, they can be taken by many people with panic disorders and anxiety.


In many cases these medications should be taken one-two times per day. Perhaps, you will take them for some weeks, before you feel better. Do not change either dose no scheme. Do not stop take medicines without doctor’s advice. Many antidepressants should be taken over a long period of time – till 8 months. It is very important to carry the treatment with antidepressants through (even if you feel better before the end of the treatment). Your doctor will choose the most suitable medicine and its dose. For best results, it important to keep all doctor’s instructions.

How do antidepressants act?

The action of most antidepressants is based on the slow process of removal from brain chemical agents called neurotransmitters. Neurotransmitters are necessary for the cerebration. Antidepressants keep these substances in the brain for a longer time.


  • Many antidepressants may have a sedative effect, so that you may feel drowse or less than usual vivacity. Therefore, before driving or working with technology, you should know how you react to these drugs.
  • Because these drugs can strengthen the effect of alcohol or other depressants of central nervous system, then by taking some certain antidepressants, adjust with your doctor alcohol use or its combination with other drugs. If you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or you are breastfeeding, notify your doctor about it before taking medications.
  • Tell your doctor about allergic reaction to any drugs, as well as about prescribed or not prescribed medicines.
  • Tell your doctor about glaucoma, urinary retention or heart diseases.

Possible side effects of antidepressants

During taking antidepressants many patients experience side effects. These effects usually appear in the beginning of the treatment and disappear in some weeks. More common side effects of antidepressants include drowse, dry mouth, giddiness, headache, tremor, sweating, urinary retention or constipation. These signs point that medicine is working. Tell your doctor if you have some of just listed disturbances. For its abatement doctor can change the dose or prescribe another antidepressant. Immediately apply to a doctor if you have acute or feebly marked symptoms. In spite of side effects it is worth to continue taking medicines, for the sake of close relief.

Types of Antidepressants

Besides widespread tricyclic antidepressants, which have the most acute side effects, they mark out tetracyclic antidepressants, distinguishing with more mild side effects. There is also atypical tricyclic antidepressant Coaxil (Stablon), which is more effective by mild depressions, and latest class of antidepressants – so-called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRi) – which side effects are appreciably lower than by tricyclic antidepressants (though concerning power they are not weaker). Also, for depression treatment, phobia and some anxious state are usually used so-called МAO Inhibitors.

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