Are Antidepressants Risky?

Do Antidepressants change who you are?

Fact: When taken correctly, antidepressants will not change your personality.

They will help you feel like yourself again and return to your previous level of functioning..

Why you should not take antidepressants?

“It can take a few months to get it right.” Antidepressants may have side effects. For example, SSRIs and SNRIs (see “Types of antidepressants”) can cause nausea, sexual dysfunction, weight gain, or sleep problems. And the drug bupropion (Wellbutrin) can make anxiety and panic symptoms worse in some people.

Do antidepressants shorten your life?

The analysis found that in the general population, those taking antidepressants had a 33 percent higher risk of dying prematurely than people who were not taking the drugs. Additionally, antidepressant users were 14 percent more likely to have an adverse cardiovascular event, such as a stroke or a heart attack.

Is it OK to stay on antidepressants forever?

Although it may be tempting to stop medication as your mood lifts, continue taking it for as long as your doctor recommends. Most doctors advise patients to take antidepressants for six months to a year after they no longer feel depressed. Stopping before that time can cause depression to return.

Do antidepressants affect memory?

Tranquilizers, antidepressants, some blood pressure drugs, and other medications can affect memory, usually by causing sedation or confusion. That can make it difficult to pay close attention to new things. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you suspect that a new medication is taking the edge off your memory.

Do Antidepressants Make You Fat?

Weight gain is a possible side effect of nearly all antidepressants. However, each person responds to antidepressants differently. Some people gain weight when taking a certain antidepressant, while others don’t.

Do Antidepressants Make You Happy?

Antidepressants help relieve the symptoms of depression and associated anxiety. They do not make you euphoric, but simply help you react more realistically in your emotional responses.

Do antidepressants cause dementia?

New evidence shows some anti-depressants can raise dementia risk. Certain antidepressants and bladder medications are linked to increased risk of dementia, according to new University of East Anglia research funded by Alzheimer’s Society and published today in the British Medical Journal.

What are long term effects of antidepressants?

Some recent studies have suggested serious potential risks. People who used antidepressants had a 14% higher risk of heart attacks and strokes and a 33% greater risk of death, according to findings in a meta-analysis of 17 studies that was published in 2017 in the journal Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics.

Will I lose weight if I stop antidepressants?

If you decrease your daily calorie intake as a result, you could potentially lose weight by stopping your antidepressants. On the other hand, if you experience loss of appetite with depression, and your depression comes back after stopping antidepressants, you may also lose weight.

Do antidepressants kill brain cells?

Taken in large doses, antidepressants may also affect the structure of neurons in other ways that we would tend to equate with brain damage. Thus these substances not only re-establish the equilibrium of certain neurotransmitters but also probably produce changes in the structure of numerous neural networks.

Do antidepressants cause more harm than good?

Taking antidepressants could increase the risk of an early death, a major study suggests. Experts found depressed people without heart disease were 33 per cent more likely to die over any set period, for any reason, if they took antidepressants compared to those who did not.

When should you stop taking antidepressants?

You may be tempted to stop taking antidepressants as soon as your symptoms ease, but depression can return if you quit too soon. Clinicians generally recommend staying on the medication for six to nine months before considering going off antidepressants.

Do Antidepressants change your brain permanently?

A single dose of SSRI antidepressants such as Fluoxetine, shown here, can change the brain’s functional connectivity within three hours, a new study found.

What is the safest antidepressant?

The investigators recommend sertraline as the best choice for an initial antidepressant because it is available in generic form and is therefore lower in cost. They further recommend that sertraline, instead of fluoxetine or placebo, be the new standard against which other antidepressants are compared.

Are antidepressants bad for your liver?

Liver damage may occur between several days and 6 months after initiation of an antidepressant. All antidepressants can induce hepatotoxicity, especially in elderly patients and those who take multiple pharmaceutical agents.

What are the real risks of antidepressants?

Some patients taking SSRIs develop insomnia, skin rashes, headaches, joint and muscle pain, stomach upset, nausea, or diarrhea. These problems are usually temporary or mild or both.

Do antidepressants damage the brain?

We know that antipsychotics shrink the brain in a dose-dependent manner (4) and benzodiazepines, antidepressants and ADHD drugs also seem to cause permanent brain damage (5).

What happens if you stop antidepressants suddenly?

Quitting an antidepressant suddenly may cause symptoms within a day or two, such as: Anxiety. Insomnia or vivid dreams. Headaches.

Should I go on antidepressants for anxiety?

However, antidepressants take up to 4 to 6 weeks to begin relieving anxiety symptoms, so they can’t be taken “as needed.” Their use is limited to chronic anxiety problems that require ongoing treatment. The antidepressants most widely prescribed for anxiety are SSRIs such as Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro, and Celexa.

How do I stop taking antidepressants?

Discontinuing an antidepressant usually involves reducing your dose in increments, allowing two to six weeks or longer between dose reductions. Your clinician can instruct you in tapering your dose and prescribe the appropriate dosage pills.