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7 Most Popular Google Searches About Antidepressants: Are They Addictive? Effective? Bad For Your Body? The Answers

Many of us turn to Google for advice or to have questions answered that we may not want to ask others. A simple search about antidepressants shows a lot of people are very curious about the topic. Here’s the answers to 7 of the most popular questions searched on Google beginning with the phrase “Are antidepressants. . .?”

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Are antidepressants addictive?

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a common class of drugs typically used as antidepressants to treat major depressive disorder or anxiety. This class of drugs is not considered addictive. However, if you stop taking your medication abruptly or miss several doses you may experience withdrawal-like symptoms, according to Mayo Clinic. Sometimes this is called discontinuation syndrome and you may experience symptoms like uneasiness, nausea, dizziness, lethargy, and flu-like symptoms.

To learn more about other types of antidepressants, check out Medical Daily's comprehensive guide, "How Antidepressants Work In The Brain." 

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Are antidepressants effective?

Research has varied over the effectiveness of antidepressants. One study, published in JAMA, found for those with mild to moderate depression symptoms, antidepressants are no more effective than a placebo; however, for those with severe depression, the benefit of medication is substantial . Another new study suggests yoga and deep breathing may be the new prescription for depression.

Other research shows that people who take antidepressants experience an improvement in their depression and quality of life, MIT Medical reports. It is important to note that generally you must take regular doses of the drug, as prescribed by your doctor, before you begin to feel the full effects of the medication, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states.

The effectiveness of these drugs are continuing to be studied.

Are antidepressants stimulants?

No, antidepressants are not stimulants. However, if you have Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder (ADHD) and depression, your doctor may choose to prescribe you both an antidepressant and a stimulant.
 

Are antidepressants bad for your body?

Different types of antidepressants come with various side effects. The FDA, lists the following as some of the most common side effects: nausea, vomiting, weight gain, diarrhea, sleep disturbances, and sexual problems. Other serious risks that some medications may cause are suicidal thinking, birth defects, and high blood pressure. If you are taking an antidepressant, talk to your doctor about the risks of your specific medication.

Are antidepressants legal?

Yes, antidepressants are legal if you have have been prescribed them by your doctor.

Are antidepressants over-the-counter?

SSRIs and other antidepressant medications are not over-the-counter and require a prescription from your doctor.

Are antidepressants the answer?

The answer depends on the individual. In regards to depression, antidepressants may provide an effective treatment for some people; however, for others they may not. To find what works best for you, have a conversation with your doctor. Antidepressants may also be prescribed off-label for ADHD, insomnia, pain, and other conditions. Again, the medications may work well for some people, but not for others.

See also: How Antidepressants Work In The Brain: A Comprehensive Guide

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