Why should I know
about SSRI 's (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors)?
You might be prescribed an SSRI by your doctor if you are
suffering from a depression or anxiety disorder.
SSRI 's could have serious implications for you because they have side
effects and can interact with other medications - particularly MAOIs -
This interaction can lead to increased serotonin levels which could
cause serotonin syndrome.
How do they work?
It is generally understood that an SSRI acts to
"balance" our brain chemical Serotonin by inhibiting the re-uptake of
this neurotransmitter by the nerve cells in the brain.
Are they safe for me to use?
When we consider the fact that these drugs are
meant to correct a "biochemical imbalance" (a theory extensively
marketed by pharmaceutical companies), by interfering
inhibitors") with the metabolism of our brain chemicals - we should
immediately be extremely cautious.
If we take into consideration that >90% of
Serotonin is metabolised elsewhere in the body (ie outside the brain),
then only an extremely naive person would be able to conclude that they
could be "safe" to use.
Serotonin has a regulatory effect on the endocrine
system, and on the smooth muscle tissues of the digestive system, plus
it plays an important role in the cardiovascular system..... so
"inhibiting" its uptake is bound to cause complications elsewhere in
Have a good look here
to learn more about side effects, and discuss them with your doctor.
Here's a list of SSRI 's and their
citalopram (Celexa, Cipramil, Emocal, Sepram, Seropram)
escitalopram oxalate (Lexapro, Cipralex, Esertia)
fluoxetine (Prozac, Fontex, Seromex, Seronil, Sarafem, Fluctin (EUR))
fluvoxamine maleate (Luvox, Faverin)
Seroxat, Aropax, Deroxat, Paroxat)
dapoxetine (no known trade name)
Once you have read about the side effects and withdrawal
symptoms, review brain-chemistry
and look into hair analysis.