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 →


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 →


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 →


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Prozac Safety Warning

The FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) has issued a safety labeling change for the antidepressant Prozac (Fluoxetine) In the safety labeling change, the CDER warns that patients who are being treated with MAOIs (Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors) such as linezolid or intravenous methylene blue are at an increased risk of developing a life-threatening adverse drug reaction known as Serotonin Syndrome. Serotonin Syndrome occurs following therapeutic drug use, inadvertent … Continue Reading →


Harmful Antidepressants | SSRI

Antidepressants known as SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors) can cause harm SSRI’s became associated with suicide in the early 2000′s, especially in kids and teens.  With misleading marketing of the drugs, SSRI’s have become increasingly popular with 1 in every 10 Americans over 12 using them.  In fact, from 1996 to 2005, the rate of antidepressant use rose from 5.84% to 10.12%. A study by The Journal of the American … Continue Reading →


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Antidepressants | What are Antidepressants

The term antidepressant is sometimes applied to any therapy or process found to improve a clinically depressed mood. In the 1950s Opioids were used to treat major depression, in the 1960s Amphetamines were used,  today SSRIs are used. Some antidepressants are in a group of drugs/medications called SSRI’s or Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors.  SSRI’s 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 … Continue Reading →


SSRI's | Pregnancy and Prescriptions

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors SSRI’s and Pregnancy

Taking SSRI’s during pregnancy has been associated with congenital anomalies, neonatal withdrawal syndrome, and persistent pulmonary hypertension of a newborn child. But, does taking a SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor) such as Celexa, Lexapro, Prozac, Paxil, or Zoloft during pregnancy increase the risk of stillbirth or death of  an infant? According to a  recent study by JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association) women who take certain antidepressants while pregnant … Continue Reading →