What is Antidepressants?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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An antidepressant is a psychiatric medication used to alleviate mood disorders, such as major depression and dysthymia. Drugs including the monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs), tetracyclic antidepressants (TeCAs), selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), and serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Depressed mood 20 11
Anxious mood 9 5
Fibromyalgia 9 3
A recent event or problem in the couple or family 1 0
Fatigue 1 0

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
1
Moderate
2
Mild
5
None
4

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Antidepressants

Side effect Patients
Dry mouth 2
Chronic constipation 1
Constipation 1
Decreased sex drive (libido) 1
Depression did not improve 1
Distorted and negative thoughts stemming from surroundings 1

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Why patients stopped taking Antidepressants

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 3
Expense 1
Other 1
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
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Duration

Stopped taking Antidepressants

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
2 - 5 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 10
Usually 2
Sometimes 0
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 8
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 1
< $25 4
Not specified 6

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Antidepressants after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Venlafaxine (Effexor XR) 1

Patients stopped taking Antidepressants and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Alprazolam (Xanax) 1
Amphetamine-Dextroamphetamine (Adderall) 1
Dosulepin (Dothep) 1
Duloxetine (Cymbalta) 1
Levothyroxine (Synthroid) 1

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2 patient evaluations for Antidepressants

Sep 12, 2012 (Started Nov 12, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for depressed mood)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for fibromyalgia)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    Severe (rage disorder)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 1, 2008 (Started Jan 01, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Can't tell (for anxious mood)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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