Antidepressants are often prescribed to help patients with anxiety. As with all medications, antidepressants have certain side effects people should be aware of. For most people, these side effects are mild and short-lived. For others, however, side effects are serious enough that medication is not an option. Side effects should be taken into consideration when determining what treatment will be best for you. In addition, different antidepressants cause different side effects. If you should have questions or concerns about side effects that you are experiencing, you should contact your physician. In addition, if you are experiencing suicidal thoughts after beginning antidepressant medication or have changed your dosage, you should immediately contact your physician. All antidepressant medications have a risk of causing an increase in suicidal thoughts, agitation, aggression and impulsiveness. Side Effects of Tricyclic Antidepressants • Dry Mouth • ...
I rarely spend much time in support of antidepressants. I know they have a place in the effective treatment of major depression and I know many people feel they help with less severe forms of depression, although the reasons for this may be complex and there are just as effective, or better, alternatives. But, I think if you’ve engaged in an informed discussion with your doctor and you’ve reached a decision that antidepressants are worth a shot, then there’s a case to be made for giving them a chance to work.
In their defense, most family doctors have a limited palate of treatment options when it comes to depression. Putting to one side the person who simply churns out a prescription and leaves you to it, there are plenty who don’t. They are however dealing with a disease process that isn’t fully understood and using tools, usually in the form of drugs that may or may not help. These same drugs can’t change the social circumstances or stresso...
Over-the-counter birth control methods are used during sex to avoid pregnancy and sometimes to prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Over-the-counter means that they can be purchased by anyone, without a doctor's prescription.
For more information about birth control options, see:
Birth control and family planning
Birth control - over the counter; Contraceptives - over the counter
Over-the-counter birth control methods are not as effective against pregnancy as some prescription methods. However, they are more effective against STIs than any other method except not having intercourse (abstinence). They enable people to protect themselves against pregnancies and STIs without having to:
Deal with long-term side effects
Spend a lot of money
Wait for a doctor's appointment
A male condom is a thin sheath pla...
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