Stress Medications

Pills for Depression

Depression is a disease that alters the individual’s ability to think, feel and react rationally. It also affects the day-to-day activities of the individual. Depression is not just feeling bad, inactive and hopelessness. It is a major malaise. It can affect individuals of any gender or any age.

To overcome the problem of depression, antidepressant pills are available in the market that will help a person to overcome the problem of depression.

Pills for depression are available with different names but the function of each pill is almost the same. These pills are meant to treat depression. Earlier medication for depression had many side effects. The new medications are generally safer but are not entirely free of side effects. We should not assume that new formulations are free of  any side effects. It is essential that you should consult a doctor before taking these pills. The pills should be taken only under medical advice. There are three main types of pills for depression available in market these days. These pills are:

Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs)
Tricylics (TCAs)
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)

The most popular type of depression medication is drugs that fall under the class of medication known as  SSRIs. SSRI pills for depression were introduced in USA in 1988. These pills increase the level of serotonin (neurotransmitters responsible for the mood) in mind that leads you to react positively. SSRIs have the lowest risk of side effects as compared to other pills but this does not mean that they are completely free from side effects. The most common side effects caused by SSRIs are weight gain and sexual dysfunction. Hence, SSRI intake in men may lead to impotency, whereas, for women it may lead to weight gain of 30 to 40 pounds. Many professional doctors advise to avoid antidepressant and take alternatives like exercise, balance diet to avoid the side effects. Examples of SSRIs pills for depression are PROZAC, PAXIL, ZOLOFT, LEXAPRO, CELEXA and LUVOX.

Another type of antidepressant pills are the Tricylics (TCAs). These have been in use much longer than  SSRIs. TCAs are not very popular as they have greater side effects than SSRIs. Side effects of TCAs include constipation, sexual dysfunction, bad vision, drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth and urine retention.
Doctors do not commonly prescribe TCAs. The common examples of TCAs are ELAVIL, TOFRANIL and ANAFRANIL.

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) are those antidepressant pills that are not commonly prescribed by the doctors unless the problem is out of control. MAOIs have serious side effects and are required with a restricted diet.

It has been discovered that depression can also occur due to the deficiency of vitamins. Doctors have found that taking vitamin tablets along with the other antidepressant pills can be helpful in recovering from depression.

Antidepressant pills are expensive and have major side effects. People are switching over to natural treatments for depression. Natural treatments do not have any side effects but on the other hand, these alternatives for antidepressant pills take a longer time to show results.