Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Antidepressants side effects | Depression medication

Depression can be debilitating and anti-depressants such as Prosac, Zoloft, Paxil are frequently prescribed. These medications are known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and work by acting on a chemical in the brain called serotonin. Serotonin regulates moods but also plays a role in many other body functions such as digestion, sleep, pain and mental alertness. As a result prescription depression medications tend to have a number of side effects which include

Decreased sex drive
Weight gain or loss
Dry mouth

Sometimes side effects may be so severe that people have to stop taking antidepressants. In order to avoid antidepressant withdrawal symptoms, medication should never be stopped suddenly. The dose should be slowly reduced with at least 1-2 weeks between each dosage reduction. This dosage reduction process may take several months, and should be done under a doctor's supervision.

Studies have shown that therapy and other treatments such as exercise, meditation, relaxation techniques, stress management, support groups, and self-help steps work just as well as antidepressants in treating depression, and are better at preventing relapse once treatment ends.

Herbal alternatives such as Bacopa, Mentat, Ashwagandha and Gotu kola have also been shown to have very positive effects in treating depression. Moreover they are non-habit forming and have none of the side effects of antidepressants.

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  1. Stressful life peer pressure, work pressure and family issues leads to anxiety. Anxiety is basically a state of mind where people experience nervousness, fear, panic and a constant sad and depressed mood.

    Deep breathing exercises are excellent for anxiety and many people report positive results from meditation. Some other natural anxiety remedies to look into are St.John's Wort, SAMe, L-Theanine, and Tryptophan.

  2. Ashwagandha a Indian herb has the requisite properties to remove negative thoughts from the mind. The aphrodisiac properties of ashwagandha also help in improving the mind and removing depression.ayurvedic herbs