Thursday, November 23, 2017

title pic Preparing to Discontinue Your Antidepressant Medication

Posted by Dana Hinders on May 9, 2012

If you’ve decided that the side effects of your antidepressant medication aren’t worth the benefits, it’s important to remember that you should not just abruptly stop taking your pills. SSRI or SNRI antidepressant withdrawal affects everyone differently, but it’s common to experience side effects like tension headaches, stomach upset, dizziness and lethargy. You will need […]

title pic Study: Race and Medicaid is a Factor in Who’s Prescribed Antidepressants

Posted by Deborah Pujoue on April 26, 2012

According to a new study, race may play a role in which depressed patients will be prescribed antidepressant medications (including Celexa, Zoloft and Prozac). This study was conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. What the researchers discovered during the study is that African-Americans and Hispanics with major depressive disorders […]

title pic FDA Updates Warnings Against Celexa

Posted by Deborah Pujoue on April 19, 2012

It looks like the antidepressant drug Celexa (citalopram) is back on the chopping block: The FDA recently called for the addition of heart problem warnings on the drug’s labels. “Citalopram should no longer be used at doses greater than 40 mg per day because it could cause potentially dangerous abnormalities in the electrical activity of […]

title pic Study Asks: “Can Brain Remember Past Antidepressant Reaction?”

Posted by Deborah Pujoue on April 16, 2012

According to information from a new study, the brain’s past recollections of antidepressant use may be a deciding factor in how the brain reacts to antidepressant use now. This new study asks, “Can the brain remember past antidepressant reactions?” Since depression is an often-recurring condition that pops in and out of a person’s lifetime, many […]

title pic Drugmakers ‘Depressed’ Over Antidepressants

Posted by Deborah Pujoue on April 9, 2012

In what can only be viewed as irony, the halt in the development of a novel antidepressant — caused when the researchers realized that the drugs being considered aren’t groundbreaking in comparison to pills that are already on the market — seems to have depressed drug makers hoping to create the next big thing in […]

title pic Study Links Antidepressant Use During Pregnancy to Autism in Children

Posted by Dana Hinders on April 5, 2012

Many people, even those who do not have children of their own, find themselves wondering why there seems to be such a rise in the number of children diagnosed with autism each year. It’s likely that many causes are contributing to the rise in autism, one of which is the increased number of women taking […]

title pic SSRIs May Shrink Your Baby’s Head Size

Posted by Deborah Pujoue on March 12, 2012

As if the birth defects risks associated with women taking SSRIs during pregnancy weren’t enough, a new study is suggesting that SSRIs also cause a baby’s head size to be smaller. This study was conducted by lead researcher Hanan El Marroun and his team and was published in the March 5 online edition of the […]

title pic SSRI Side Effects

Posted by Claudia Grazioso on March 8, 2012

The decision to go on long-term medication can be a difficult one. Most people try to read up on the possible side effects, and then fervently hope they won’t experience any of them. It can be especially hard to decide when you battle depression or anxiety. Both of those conditions are treatable with single or […]

title pic Understanding the Causes of Birth Defects

Posted by Dana Hinders on February 17, 2012

Every mother hopes for a healthy baby, but it’s important to be aware of the risk of birth defects. The March of Dimes reports that approximately 120,000 babies in the United States are born with a birth defect each year. Some birth defects are caused by factor’s beyond the mothers control, some are caused by […]

Antidepressants and Club Foot Birth Defects

Posted by The Vigilant Mom on February 15, 2012

Since the number of prescriptions written for antidepressants continues to grow each year, it may surprise you to learn that taking antidepressants during pregnancy can pose a risk to your baby. For example, women who have taken Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) such as Effexor, Lexapro, Prozac, Zoloft, Pristiq, or Celexa during pregnancy are reported […]