How To Treat Depression With Medication

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It is normal for individuals suffering from depression to be prescribed Citalopram. Doctors have found this medication to be very effective as an antidepressant. A medical condition characterized by feeling the “blues”, depression is actually treatable with the right counseling and medication such as Citalopram. This drug is a member of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and basically targets the natural brain chemical serotonin, which is responsible for mood balance. What You Should Ask Your Doctor Once you have been diagnosed with depression and prescribed with Citalopram, you can ask your doctor information about this antidepressant. For starters, you might want to know if you need to stop any medication you are taking. Certain drug interaction should be avoided such as those with MAOIs, rasagiline and phenelzine. You should also ask your doctor for changes you can expect once you started with your Citalopram regimen. For instance, you will be asked to observe if you will experience any symptoms that could indicate a worsening problem like anxiety, restlessness and panic attacks. If you also suddenly feel like hurting yourself or committing suicide, you will need to immediately call your doctor. It is probable you would be asked to visit… Read moreHow To Treat Depression With Medication

Efficacy of Two Chemically Related Drugs in the Treatment of Depression and General Anxiety

Two anti-depressant drugs, Lexapro (Escitalopram) and Celexa (Citalopram), are close ‘relatives’ in terms of their chemistry and a comparison between their respective efficacies would therefore be interesting. Lexapro is the newest member of the SSRI family of drugs and Celexa could be considered its precursor. The difference between Lexapro and Celexa is essentially a difference in their chemical composition. Celexa is a combination of two equal parts known as S- and R-enantiomer. However, R-enantiomer was found to be of no use in the anti-depressant role of Celexa, it was removed from the combination, leaving only the S-enantiomer/S-isomer. This split led to the formulation of Lexapro, the newest member of the SSRI family of drugs. The advantages of Lexapro over Celexa are as follows: – Lexapro is more potent. The minimum daily dosage of Lexapro recommended is only 10-20mg compared to 20-40mg of Celexa. – Lexapro’s therapeutic action too is faster (less than two weeks) than Celexa. – Though the healing effect of both the drugs (in their respective dosages) is similar in the initial stages, Lexapro displays relatively better results in the longer term, i.e., after about 24 weeks. As for safety, both Lexapro and Celexa have been seen to… Read moreEfficacy of Two Chemically Related Drugs in the Treatment of Depression and General Anxiety

Weight Loss – Antidepressants May Be Stopping Your Weight Loss – What to Do About It

Weight gain due to taking antidepressants, mood stabilizers and antipsychotic medications is very common. The issue of weight gain is often postponed when medications are first started -the concept being that it might be better to stabilize the mood and worry about potential weight increase latter. However, after a few months, the increasing weight gain without any change in exercise or food intake becomes more and more an issue. Here are some of the medications taken for depression, bipolar disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and panic attacks that may be causing increasing weight: Currently, Paxil is the worst offender, with Prozac and Zoloft taking second place. Some antidepressants may be less likely to affect weight. Effexor and Serzone generally do not cause increase weight, while Wellbutrin can cause weight loss. More than 25% of people taking most SSRI type of antidepressant medications — drugs like Prozac, Lexapro, Paxil, and Zoloft will experience a weight increase of 10 lbs. or more. Other antidepressant medications, including Elavil and Tofranil and MAO inhibitors drugs like Parnate and Nardil, may also inflluence fat accumulation with both long-term and short-term use. Animal and human studies have shown these drugs can cause weight increase by several different… Read moreWeight Loss – Antidepressants May Be Stopping Your Weight Loss – What to Do About It

New Antidepressants

The SSRIs act by inhibiting serotonin reuptake, and are considered the most popular, effective and safe prescription medications. The new prescription SSRIs used to treat depression include citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram oxalate (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac, Prozac Weekly, Sarafem), paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR), and sertraline (Zoloft). Citalopram, a chiral compound, has its serotonin reuptake inhibitory activity in the S-enantiomer. Escitalopram, the S-enantiomer of citalopram has demonstrated Antidepressant activity in animal models. Prozac has shown significant success in the treatment of depression and prevention of suicide. It exhibits less potential side effects as compared to TCAs and MAOIs. Paroxetine exhibits anti-cholinergic effect and causes sedation. Zoloft has few drug interactions, but has the side effect of causing diarrhea and male sexual dysfunction. The currently available SNRIs (desipramine, duloxetine, nefazodone, and venlafaxine) keep both serotonin and norepinephrine at the right level to alleviate depressive symptoms. Nefazodone alleviates anxiety, causes sedation and positively affects sleep. Venlafaxine (Effexor) has significant anticholinergic effects (dry mouth, blurred vision, urinary hesitancy, and constipation), induces sedation and has potential withdrawal effects. The drug bupropion (Wellbutrin, Wellbutrin SR) is the most commonly used member of the novel Antidepressant class. It is quite unique in its efficiency to inhibit the reuptake of… Read moreNew Antidepressants

Antidepressants and Prostate Cancer

SSRI is a category of antidepressant and it means Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor. Celexa (Citalopram) is part of this class, and it is used for the treatment of depression. This medicine is known as a mood elevator. SSRI medicines works by increasing the effectiveness of the brain neurotransmitter serotonin. Some recent studies have shown that it is very important to switch one SSRI with another if the patient is not respond to the first one. A waiting period in-between is not necessary. An alternative to Celexa is Lexapro. Celexa is a good solution for the deadly combination – coronary artery disease and depression. Like any other drug, there are some possible side effects: – dizziness, drowsiness, trouble sleeping, dry mouth, nausea, diarrhea, increased sweating, headache, – mental/mood changes, tremors, – muscle restlessness, stiffness or weakness, fever, rash or muscle/joint pain, – swelling of hands, feet or face or change in amount of urine. If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Here are some precautions : – tell your doctor about any allergies, mental conditions, liver or kidney disease, – use caution when performing tasks like driving, – use only when clearly needed during pregnancy, – breast-feeding while using… Read moreAntidepressants and Prostate Cancer