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There are a number of different medications that are currently used to treat anxiety disorders. Antidepressants, although originally intended to treat depression, have been found to be effective in relieving symptoms of anxiety. Medication does not “cure” anxiety. While some people may not feel relief from anxiety symptoms and some may not be able to tolerate side effects, the majority of people do find relief from the debilitating impact of anxiety in their lives. There are a number of antidepressant medications on the market today used to treat different types of anxiety: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) • Clomipramine (Anafranil) • Fluoxetine (Prozac) • Fluvoamine (Luvox) • Paroxetine (Paxil) • Sertaline (Zoloft) Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) • Paroxetine (Paxil) Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD) • Paroxetine (P...
Can long-term treatment with antidepressants contribute to a chronic depressive syndrome? Yes, say some experts. The term tardive dysphoria is now used to describe just such a process.
With rates of depression increasing and the well-documented knowledge that antidepressants provide poor clinical benefits to people with mild-to-moderate depression, the prospect of antidepressants worsening the course of depression over time is concerning. Here are some of the key issues informing the debate:
As things stand maintenance antidepressant therapy is recommended for recurrent major depressive illnesses. Despite this, many people with ongoing antidepressant treatment experience further depressive episodes. In fact around 80 percent of people with major depressive disorder will relapse despite a constant maintenance dose of antidepressants. When this happens the person is considered to be ‘treatment-resistant', yet nobody actually knows why it occurs.
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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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