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The Effects Of Overdosing On Antidepressants

Aug 20, 2008
Antidepressants are most commonly used to relieve the depression symptoms.They are usually prescribed by the psychiatrist to people showing several symptoms of depression. Infact these days they are being used to treat anxiety disorder, eating disorder, fear and many more.

They are taken for months and sometime for years depending upon the condition of the patient. But they can also prove to be harmful if taken in large numbers that is other than prescribed by the practitioner. Antidepressants are very different from pharmacology drugs and it is regarded as a solitary from stimulants.

Consequences of Overdosing
The most obvious effect of overdosing of antidepressants is death. If taken in large number it can prove to be fatal. Infact all the effects of these medicines even the desired effect can be considered to be detrimental. The reason being is that there are so many side effects of antidepressants and also a lack of knowledge about their effect on the brain cause the rift.

The effect of the medicine also depends on the condition of the person as the drug companies also do not take the complete onus of explaining how a person's brain would react to a particular pill. Some of the general side effects observed are: dry mouth, blurred vision, urinary retentively, constipation, sleep destruction, weight gain, headache, nausea, abdominal pain, anxiety, agitation et al. At the start of the treatment most people experience dry mouth which is anticipated with these medicines.

Several people having depression usually consume them in high numbers with the effect to commit suicide and many of them do get successful. Measures should be taken by the practitioner to prescribe pills with less potency to such suicidal patients. It is also suggested that the patients with such disorders provide their practitioner a list of medications they are taking so that it helps in knowing the effects with more clarity.

Conclusion
Different people respond in a different manner to a particular medication and also the variety of drugs causes various side effects. Usually doctors start by prescribing low doses and slowly and steadily increase the intake.

But overdosing of it definitely is fatal especially in case of these medicines named the tricycles and tetra cyclic compounds. Care should be taken to monitor the amount of pills taken and should not exceed the limit prescribed by the practitioner. If taken overdose the patient should be immediately rushed to intensive care unit.
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