Antidepressant medications are used to treat depression and other mental health conditions. They include selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), atypical antidepressants, tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), and monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). Each of these is taken up separately on this page.
Antidepressant dependencies can occur in people who never needed the drug in the first place. Unfortunately, doctors misdiagnosed close to two-thirds of their patients with depression and prescribe antidepressants. The condition treated may be due to a physical ailment, visit this page for more information: HELPGUIDE.ORG. You can also call our toll-free line for help.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most prescribed antidepressants, some SSRIs include:
These may have the following side effects:
Atypical antidepressants are prescribed to patients who haven’t adequately responded to other antidepressants or who could not tolerate the side effects. These medications are in a class of antidepressants of their own. They are each unique medications that work in different ways from one another. Each atypical antidepressants have unique characteristics and varying possible side effects.
Here are some atypical antidepressants:
Side effects may vary depending on the medication:
Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) are used to treat depression, fibromyalgia, some types of anxiety, and help control chronic pain.
Tricyclic antidepressants, also called cyclic antidepressants, is one of the first antidepressants developed. These have been replaced by antidepressants that have fewer side effects. They are generally thought to be good for some people in certain cases where other medications haven’t worked.
Tricyclics may have the following side effects:
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs, MAOI) are a class of antidepressants. They are not often prescribed because of their interactions with some foods and other drugs.
Here are a few of the monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) on the market:
Especially when taken with other drugs or medications it is possible to overdose on any type of antidepressant.
Fatal overdoses happen more frequently with older tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), but newer generations of antidepressants (serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors) can also be misused and provoke an overdose.
Signs of Overdose:
Other symptoms of toxicity may include:
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