Ketamine | AZD6765 | Antidepressants

Ketamine is an anesthetic used primarily by veterinarians but may soon be used as an antidepressant Antidepressants such as prozac, zoloft, lexapro, paxil and celexa are SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) that can take weeks before showing any benefits and can cause significant adverse effects.  Ketamine shows a significant positive response within days, but has produce side effects such as hallucinations, out-of-body feelings, disorientation and even amnesia that can last … Continue Reading →


SSRI Withdrawal Syndrome

A person taking SSRIs (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) can experience SSRI withdrawal syndrome if the medication is reduced in dosage or completely discontinued. Symptoms of SSRI withdrawal syndrome may include: Dizziness Electric shock-like sensations Sweating Nausea Insomnia Tremors Confusion Nightmares Vertigo The symptoms can be very similar to other serious illnesses and can be distressing and uncomfortable.  If the syndrome is allowed to run it’s course, it can last for … Continue Reading →


SSRIs Linked To Complications After Surgery

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) like Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Paxil, and Celexa are linked to a higher risk of increased bleeding after surgery which may result in the need for blood transfusions. SSRI’s or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, are typically used to alleviate mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, chronic pain, post traumatic stress disorder, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder.  They work by increasing the extracellular level … Continue Reading →


Prozac May Cause Clostridium Difficile Infection

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has noticed a rise in deaths caused by Clostridium Difficile Infection (CDI) Frequently, the cause for a CDI is overuse of antibiotics. However, in a recent study by Dr. Mary Rogers, research director of the patient safety and enhancement program at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Mirtazapin and Prozac were associated with a double chance of contracting CDI. CDI causes severe diarrhea … Continue Reading →


What Are Antidepressants?

Antidepressants are drugs used for the treatment of depression. They can be used alone or in combination with other medications. Before the 1950′s, opioids and amphetamines were commonly used as antidepressants. Their use was later restricted due to their addictive nature and side-effects. Today, SSRI’s or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, are typically used to alleviate mood disorders, such as depression, anxiety, insomnia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, eating disorders, chronic pain, post traumatic … Continue Reading →


Antidepressants | Pregnancy | Miscarriages

The term antidepressant is sometimes applied to any therapy or process found to improve a clinically depressed mood. SSRI’s work by increasing the extracellular level of the neurotransmitter (chemical messenger) serotonin in the brain by inhibiting its re-uptake (re-absorption) into the presynaptic cell. This process is believed to increase the level of serotonin in the synaptic cleft of the brain. Women taking SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) during pregnancy may increase the potential … Continue Reading →


Lawsuit Against Pfizer Accuses Drugmaker Of Consumer Fraud

Pfizer Inc., the manufacturer of Zoloft is being sued alleging the antidepressant has no more benefit than a placebo Pfizer  describes the lawsuit as “frivolous” telling Associated Press that  clinical studies and the experience of millions of patients and their  doctors over two decades prove Zoloft is effective. Zoloft was  approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in 1991, and was  deemed safe after 20 clinical studies were reviewed … Continue Reading →


Antipsychotic Drugs In Conjunction With Antidepressants

Should one take an antidepressant like Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, and/or Zoloft in conjunction with an antipsychotic medication like Abilify, Seroquel, Risperdal and/or Symbyax? Traditionally, antipsychotic drugs are prescribed to treat conditions such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder. Antipsychotic drugs are not traditionally used to treat depression. However, it is not uncommon for doctors to prescribe antipsychotic drugs to people who do not fully respond to an antidepressant. … Continue Reading →


SSRI Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy

Women taking SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) during pregnancy may increase the potential risk their newborn has congenital anomalies, neonatal withdrawal syndrome, and a rare heart and lung condition known as “Persistent Pulmonary Hypertension of newborns” (PPHN). A population based cohort study from 1996 through 2007, used logistic regression to estimate relative risks of stillbirth, neonatal death, and postneonatal death associated with SSRI use during pregnancy. The study took maternal … Continue Reading →


Celexa | Citalopram HBr

There is a risk of heart rhythm abnormalities when taking Celexa (Citalopram HBr) Celexa is an SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) in July of 1998 to treat major depression. In 2011, the FDA publicized “Celexa should no longer be administered at doses greater than 40 mg per day, due to a risk of abnormal electrical activity in the heart, which may lead … Continue Reading →