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 • ...
THURSDAY, July 20 (HealthDay News) -- People who combine Prozac
and similar antidepressants with migraine drugs called triptans run
the risk of a life-threatening condition called serotonin syndrome,
the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warns.
The antidepressants, which also include Zoloft, Paxil and
Lexapro, are called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors
(SSRIs). The FDA said on Wednesday that it probably would recommend
changes to the drugs' labels as more information became available,
the Associated Press reported.
In a second warning, the FDA said babies born to mothers who
take SSRIs are at significantly greater risk of a dangerous lung
problem called persistent pulmonary hypertension (PPHN). The
condition causes high blood pressure in the lungs' blood vessels,
restricting oxygen intake into the bloodstream, the AP reported.
The condition affects one or two babies per 1,000 born.
The FDA urged makers of the antidepressants to change their
labels to include information about ...
Millions of Americans in pursuit of a remedy for stuffy nose and sinus pressure turn to over the counter (OTC) nasal sprays because of their quick action, availability and presumed safety. But did you know prolonged use of topical nasal decongestants (TNDs) often leads to addiction? Case in Point: A 32-year-old male was referred to me because of complaints of chronic nasal blockage. The patient suspected his problem was hay fever (allergic rhinitis). During the interview, he revealed that a year ago he began to have trouble sleeping because of a stuffy nose. He felt considerably better after using a TND before going to bed. Within 2 weeks he began to awaken in the middle of the night requiring another dose of his nasal spray for relief. One month later he required doses 4 times daily in order to avoid severe nasal congestion. By the time I saw him, he was going through almost a bottle of nasal spray daily. His diagnosis was Rhinitis Medicamentosa (RM) which means nasal inflammation (rhi...
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