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Coping with the Side Effects of Antidepressants

Headaches, nausea, feeling on edge, being exhausted and a low sex drive. The irony of antidepressants is that in some cases, side effects can cause symptoms similar to the depression they are supposed to treat. In fact, those side effects are a key reason that people stop taking the drugs….

What Are the Side Effects of Abilify?

Abilify and Abilify MyCite are prescribed for bi-polar, depression, ADHD, autism, schizophrenia and more. For some it’s a life saver, but for others Abilify’s side effects can include diabetes, suicidal thoughts, sexual dysfunction and more. Read this 2-part series on the pros and cons of Abilify.

The Link Between Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Common Meds

The Link Between Dementia, Alzheimer’s and Common Meds If you are 60+, stop taking these drugs now The evidence is piling up that many common meds can increase or possibly cause dementia and Alzheimer’s (a type of dementia) in those who are 60+. Generally, these are OTC drugs used for…

Depression Drug Related to Ketamine Wins FDA Approval

The FDA has approved Spravato (esketamine), the first new kind of antidepressant in decades, for treatment-resistant depression. The approval follows an FDA advisory committee meeting last month in which members overwhelmingly recommended Spravato’s approval. The approval of Spravato, which is administered as a nasal spray, is somewhat controversial as the…

Antidepressants May Increase Hip Fracture Risk in Older Adults

Older people who start on antidepressant medications are more than twice as likely to experience a hip fracture compared to peers who don’t use the drugs. Researchers in Sweden looked at a registry of 408,000 patients aged 65 and older, with an average age of 80. Half were prescribed an…

Let’s Get Real About Antidepressant Side Effects

By Sean HageyThe Mighty Your doctor just wrote you a prescription for your depression. You were probably given some info on what the drug is, what they hope it will do for you and (if your situation is like mine) they may have mentioned “some mild side effects” may occur….

For Many, Antidepressant Withdrawal Symptoms Linger

While prior research has found that many people taking antidepressants experience withdrawal symptoms, a new study has further quantified this, finding that more than half of those who try to come off the medications experience those symptoms. The symptoms include nausea, insomnia, headache, dizziness, feeling tired and having trouble concentrating….

Treating Children with Depression: How Will History Judge Us?

By Jeremy HowickOxford Empathy Programme An investigative report by the BBC recently found that the number of antidepressant prescriptions to children under 12 in England, Scotland and Northern Ireland has risen 24% over the past 3 years (from 14,500 to almost 18,000 prescriptions). Drugs may not be the most effective…

Early Weight Gain on Antidepressants Predicts Later Weight Gain

People taking antidepressants who gain weight a month after starting treatment are more likely to put on even more extra pounds as they continue to take the medication. Weight gain is a common side effect with many antidepressants, especially SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), one of the most popular antidepressant…

Concerns About Using Your Antidepressant Long-Term? Talk to Your Doctor

By Marc Manseau JustCareUSA.org On April 8, 2018, The New York Times published a front-page article titled “The Murky Perils of Quitting Antidepressants After Years of Use.” The day before, the online version, “Many People Taking Antidepressants Discover They Cannot Quit,” was the most-shared article on its website. In this…

Suicide and Mental Illness: The Forgotten Health Crises in America

The suicides of 2 high-profile individuals has renewed focus on mental illness the same week a CDC report found a drastic rise in suicide rates. Are we approaching, treating and funding mental health appropriately and what more can be done? Last week, mental health was front and center in the…

Antidepressant Use May Fuel Unhealthy Weight Gain

Long-term antidepressant use may drive weight gain, according to a new study published in The BMJ. Researchers identified and analyzed nearly 295,000 people aged 20 years or older from the UK’s Clinical Practice Research Datalink, which is a large collection of electronic health records. The participants were of all different…

The Right Way to Get Off Antidepressants

Crissi Estep had been on Cymbalta (duloxetine) a few years when the medication seemed to stop working. At first, it effectively controlled both her fibromyalgia-related nerve pain and her depression, but “any successes I had had with it earlier were gone,” Estep says. “I was very depressed, even agitated, and…

Quick Hits: Antidepressants and Ovarian Cancer, Limiting Opioid Scripts & More

Antidepressants are not linked to ovarian cancer, according to a new study. Although there have been a few studies over the years showing a link between certain classes of antidepressants and the development of tumors, researchers from Shengjing Hospital of China Medical University are suggesting otherwise. The research team thoroughly…

Antibiotics, Antidepressants Top FDA’s Watch List

Antibiotics and antidepressants are the most common drugs on the FDA’s recently updated watch list. The list contains drugs or drug classes that may be associated with new safety information or signs of serious side effects. Eleven antibiotics that may be associated with a hypoglycemic coma risk and 9 antidepressants…

Quick Hits: Antidepressants and Lung Damage, Intranasal Analgesics for Kids & More

Older people using certain antidepressants are at an increased risk of developing bronchiectasis, a condition where the airways in the lungs become damaged, making it difficult to clear mucus. Researchers involved in the Canadian study analyzed 296 elderly people and reviewed patient records to identify those receiving SSRI and SNRI…

Antidepressant Use Not as Risky for People with Heart Disease

In a surprising finding, researchers at Canada’s McMaster University have concluded that antidepressants can cause cardiovascular problems in people who are otherwise healthy, but seem to have no serious effects on patients who already have heart disease. The researchers did a meta-analysis of data from 17 studies and found that…

Who’s Responsible When a Generic Drug Kills?

A loophole that allows generic drugmakers to avoid liability over side effects may be ending thanks to a ruling in an antidepressant suicide lawsuit. Common sense wins! Stewart Dolin was prescribed and took a generic version of the antidepressant Paxil. Within 6 days he was dead at 57 — a…

Antidepressant Side Effects Worse for People With Panic Disorder

Depressed people that take antidepressants are more likely to suffer from the side effects of that drug class if they also have panic disorder. A new study examined data from 808 people with chronic depression that were prescribed an antidepressant. About 10.5% of the people also had panic disorder. Overall,…

High Percentage of Americans Taking Psychiatric Drugs

Nearly 17% of Americans — 1 in 6 adults — took a drug to treat a mental illness at least once in 2013, with antidepressants as the most common prescription filled. About 12% of adults said they used antidepressants; 8.3% filled a prescription for an anxiolytic, sedatives or hyponotic; and…

Can Brain Scans Help Predict Effectiveness of Antidepressants?

Antidepressants are known to cause a slew of side effects, take weeks to take effect, and may not work at all on many people. But what if there was a way to determine in advance if a particular antidepressant would work on you? Researchers at Stanford University School of Medicine…

Are Antidepressants Any Better Than a Placebo?

Millions of Americans take an antidepressant daily. But a growing volume of research is indicating the pills may only provide marginal benefits. Most people take antidepressants with the idea the side effects associated with the drugs are worth it since they will help alleviate their depression. However, evidence is growing…

St. John’s Wort Effective For Depression, But Without SSRI Side Effects

St. John’s wort, an herbal remedy readily available as a dietary supplement, may treat depression as effectively as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), but with fewer side effects compared to the prescription antidepressants. Researchers in China conducted a meta-analysis — a study of prior studies — of studies conducted between…

Antidepressants Show No Effect on Children and Teens

Although antidepressants are prescribed to millions of children and adolescents, the drugs do not offer any clear benefit to them and can boost the risk of suicide among users. That’s the consensus of a new analysis published in the British medical journal The Lancet, which examined the results of 34…

Antidepressants: New Risks of Side Effects

Antidepressants help many people. But evidence has been growing for years that the widespread use of these medicines is not justified, and that consumers should be more circumspect about taking them. The latest news supporting a more cautious approach is a study linking 2 antidepressants — fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem) and…

SSRI Antidepressants Linked to Low Birth Weight, Prematurity

SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), the most popular kind of antidepressants prescribed, when taken by pregnant women, increase the chance that their child will be born prematurely or with low birth weight, according to a new study. Infants exposed to SSRIs during 2 or more trimesters weighed an average of…

Antidepressant Birth Defect Risk Limited to Paxil and Prozac

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control found that women taking paroxetine (Paxil) during their first trimester of pregnancy more than doubled their risk of five out of seven serious birth defects, while those taking fluoxetine (Prozac) had a higher risk of two serious birth defects. Via Medpage Today. Posted…

Common Antidepressants Linked to Higher Fracture Odds in Menopausal Women

A study published in the Injury Prevention Journal suggests that women who were prescribed a common class of antidepressants (Celexa, Paxil, Prozac and Zoloft) to ease menopausal symptoms may face a long-term rise in their risk for bone fracture. Researchers based their findings on more than 137,000 women who were…

Drugs in Pregnancy Part 6: Antidepressants

In Part 6 of our 7-part Drugs in Pregnancy series, we tackle the difficult issue of antidepressants during pregnancy. As we noted in the intro to this series, about 90% of pregnant women take at least 1 medication during pregnancy, with 70% taking at least 1 prescription drug, according to…

Antidepressants at Normal Doses Linked to First-Time Seizures

During the assessment period of a study spanning from 1998 to 2012, investigators at the University of Basel, in Switzerland, found an increased risk for first-time seizures in patients being treated for depression. Out of the 8.7 million patients, 619 of the151,005 that were diagnosed with depression had a first-time…

Antidepressants’ Problematic Side Effects

by Elaina J. Martin “Over the past two decades, the use of antidepressants has skyrocketed. One in 10 Americans now takes an antidepressant medication;” wrote Roni Caryn Rabin in a New York Times article that appeared on August 12, 2013, titled, “The Glut of Antidepressants. “Among women in their 40s…

Different antidepressants may affect pregnant women differently

A UCLA team has studied early developmental exposure to two different antidepressants, Prozac and Lexapro, in a mouse model that mimics human third trimester medication exposure. The mice exposed to Lexapro had permanent changes in serotonin neurotransmission and were less anxious as adults than the mice exposed to Prozac. Via…

Antidepressants Blunt Sexual Function, Feelings of Love

Long-term antidepressant use may be associated with significant “emotional blunting” in both male and female patients, new research suggests. Using a newly developed Sex-Attachment-Love Test questionnaire, European researchers studying nearly 200 adults with mild or moderate depression found that use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) had a significantly negative…

Antidepressants Can Cause Dental Implants to Fail

Individuals taking such common antidepressants as Celexa, Paxil, Lexapro, Prozac and Zoloft are twice as likely to have dental implants fail compared to those not on the drugs, a new Canadian study reveals. Researchers found a 10.64 percent rate of failure in patients taking the drugs compared with a 4.62…

Are antidepressants safe for pregnant women?

One study found the risk for miscarriage during the first trimester in any pregnancy is already about 15% to 20%, but antidepressant use can elevate that risk to 68%. Another recent report in the British Medical Journal found that pregnant women who took selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) during their…

The Adverse Emotional and Interpersonal Effects of Antidepressants

An online questionnaire about experiences with, and beliefs about, antidepressants was completed by 1829 adults who had been prescribed antidepressants in the last 5 years. 8 of the 20 adverse effects studied were reported by over half the participants; most frequently: Sexual Difficulties (62%) and Feeling Emotionally Numb (60%). Percentages for other effects included:…

Antidepressants could increase diabetes risk

The link might be coincidental, but a recent review of studies indicates that many people who use antidepressants go on to develop diabetes. NursingInPractice.org and several other sites reported on a University of Southampton (UK) review of 22 studies. Causation has not been established, but antidepressants cause weight gain which…

Antidepressants have no effect on bone loss

The use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or tricyclic antidepressants among women in midlife didn’t lead to a greater rate of bone loss, a prospective cohort study found. via MedPage Today -MedShadow Staff

Side effects of antidepressants 2-4 weeks in

The article is generally interesting about CVS’s data-collection on consumers, in a big-brother kind of way. It mentions a side effect of antidepressants that was useful: “With antidepressants pharmacists warn that sleep and stomach issues are common 2 to 4 weeks in, and the patient should keep on going.” (Source:…

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