Facts About ADHD Medications – SSRIs
In this informational article concerning facts about ADHD medications we will walk through the world of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs. You may recognized some of these popular prescription medications or know someone who has been prescribed these meds for depression or other common mental health conditions.
SSRIs slow the elimination of serotonin (feel good hormone) from the synapses. The use of these types of medication for treating ADHD is a fairly new concept, since they are primarily used for depression and certain anxiety related conditions such as obsessive compulsive disorder. Secondarily they may be prescribed for aggressive behaviors and anger.
We will briefly cover 6 different types of SSRIs. In the world of SSRIs what may work well for one person may not work for the other. SSRIs do not have a direct effect on ADHD symptoms, but have gained popularity by being prescribed in addition to stimulant ADHD medications. I like to refer to this practice as staking, which means taking additional prescription drugs to control or mask problematic symptoms possibly brought about by the original treatment. So let’s investigate a few facts about ADHD medications; SSRIs.
Facts about ADHD Medications – SSRI Brand Names
* Zoloft: Zoloft has been around for a while now and is often prescribed for depression. This medication may be helpful for those facing the challenges of ADHD due to its ability to improve dopamine activity. This type of activity is similar to that produced by stimulant ADHD treatments making it an obvious choice to be taken in addition to these primary treatments. It is short term in duration.
* Prozac: I feel sure you have at least heard the name Prozac. It is the oldest SSRI in the United States. The debate has raged for years as to whether the benefits outweigh the side effects. One of those side effects is its propensity to interact adversely with a myriad of other prescription medications. Many doctors are still advocates of Prozac and believe it is a good option most of the time. This is primarily due to its duration, which is longer than other SSRIs.
* Paxil: This prescription med has a short duration and can cause serious side effects such as insomnia, dizziness, irritability, ataxia, and general malaise. These side effects may be a sign of discontinuation syndrome which Paxil has been linked with.
* Luvox: Luvox is a longer lasting SSRI, along the lines of Prozac. While comparable to Prozac it has fewer drug interactions.
* Celexa and Lexapro: These SSRIs have a longer duration than Zoloft and Paxil, have fewer side effects, and are less prone to drug interactions. Lexapro seems to be gaining favor with some doctors due to its strength and reduced risk of side effects.
Facts about ADHD Medications – Looking for Alternatives
Whether you are contemplating stimulant mediations (primary treatments) or SSRIs (secondary treatments) one can’t help but notice the risk of side effects. For this reason many adults and parents of ADHD children alike are looking for alternative treatments. At the forefront of effective alternative treatment options is homeopathy. Homeopathic natural remedies for ADHD have been shown to be safe and effective at treating ADHD symptoms like hyperactivity, erratic behavior, and lack of concentration without placing your health at risk.
Source by Robert D Hawkins