Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors SSRIs

a. SSRIs include fluoxetine (Prozac), sertraline (Zoloft), paroxetine (Paxil), fluvoxamine (Luvox) and citalopram (Celexa).

b. SSRIs are commonly used as first-line agents as well as secondary choices for depression that does not respond to tricyclics.

c. SSRIs, with their comparatively benign side-effect profile, allow once daily dosing and present less danger from overdose because they lack the cardiovascular toxicity of the tricyclics.

d. Another advantage of SSRIs is that they require less dosage titration. Thus, a therapeutic dose may be achieved earlier than with tricyclics.

e. Although many patients take SSRIswith no adverse consequences, the most frequent side effects are insomnia, GI upset, agitation, and sexual dysfunction.

Was this article helpful?

0 0
Sleeping Sanctuary

Sleeping Sanctuary

Salvation For The Sleep Deprived The Ultimate Guide To Sleeping, Napping, Resting And  Restoring Your Energy. Of the many things that we do just instinctively and do not give much  of a thought to, sleep is probably the most prominent one. Most of us sleep only because we have to. We sleep because we cannot stay awake all 24 hours in the day.

Get My Free Ebook

Post a comment