selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors

selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

A range of drugs that act at the clefts of synapses in the brain preventing released SEROTONIN from being removed and thus increasing its action as a NEUROTRANSMITTER. These drugs are used to treat depression, anxiety, panic disorders, agoraphobia, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder syndrome. Generic names are CITALOPRAM, FLUOXETINE, FLUVOXAMINE, PAROXETINE, and SERTRALINE. Other drugs (e.g. VENLAFAXINE) are specific promoters of the action of both serotonin and noradrenaline and are termed selective noradrenaline and serotonin inhibitors (SNRIs). Doubts have been expressed as to the specificity of some of the drugs in this group for treating certain of these conditions. Brand names can be found in the generic entries.
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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effects of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) on Meniere's disease (MD) on patients who have both MD and generalized anxiety disorder.
Commonly prescribed medications for GAD include benzodiazepines and antidepressants such as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, and whilst effective, they can be associated with adverse side effects.
Low levels of central serotonin have been related to the state of depression, and 5-HT is the major target of newer antidepressant drugs, such as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors.
com)-- Antidepressants Market to 2018 Despite Safety Concerns, Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) Continue to Dominate in the Absence of Effective Therapeutic Alternatives
Serotonin is the target of the popular antidepressants known as SSRIs, or selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, which prolong the effect of serotonin in the brain by slowing its absorption by brain cells.
Sertraline belongs to the class of anti-depressant drugs known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors and is used in the treatment of depression, obsessive compulsive disorder - an urge to continually repeat the same action - and post-traumatic stress disorder in women.
Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs), such as Prozac, were believed to work because they restored depleted levels of the brain chemical, acting as a mood elevator.
The findings relate to selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, which are taken by thousands of women in the UK during pregnancy.
However, it does not adequately address the clinical context in which fluoxetine or other selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are used.
The literature over the last decade has been relatively consistent regarding the absence of teratogenic effects associated with the use of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Among current or prior antidepressant users, 66% of breast cancer patients had used selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors and 34% had used tricyclic antidepressants, as did 67% and 33%, respectively, of women without breast cancer.
The potential for fatal errors involving an overdose of selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is tremendous because of the popularity of both types of drugs.

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