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Depression—Medications & Information

If you suffer from depression, take solace in the fact that you do not suffer alone. According to the World Health Organization's estimates, over 300 million people, young and old, suffer from depression. Clinical depression can bring on numerous and varied symptoms but many people will often feel a nagging sadness or loss of interest in activities. Depression can affect thoughts, behaviors, and mood, and can initiate a host of physical problems as well. For those who are depressed, simple daily activities may become difficult and in extreme cases life itself may seem like it isn't worth the trouble. Depression can be a debilitating and dangerous illness due to the overwhelming sense of dread that may, in some cases, lead those who suffer to make poor choices when they feel there is no hope. But there is hope; there is always hope. The wonderful news is that most people who suffer from depression can recover with proper treatment of psychotherapy or medication or a combination of the two. If you think you may be suffering from depression see your doctor immediately. The best way to combat depression is to start treatment at the first sign of its development. If you know someone who suffers from depression, take the proactive step and encourage them to seek treatment. Depression can be severe and dangerous, but it can be improved or eliminated, so don't delay—reach out for professional help. Help is out there waiting for you to take that first step to feeling better. Talk to your doctor today if depression is weighing you down.

Some Common Signs of Depression

  • Anxiety
  • Crying Often
  • Feeling Hopeless
  • Feeling Sad
  • Feeling Empty
  • Angry Outbursts
  • Irritability
  • Feeling Frustrated Often
  • Loss of Interest in Activities
  • Low Libido
  • Insomnia
  • Sleeping too Much
  • Headaches
  • Back Pain
  • Low Energy
  • Feeling Listless
  • Weight Loss
  • Weight Gain
  • Low Appetite
  • Feeling Restless
  • Trouble with Cognition
  • Trouble Concentrating
  • Difficulty Remembering Things
  • Difficulty Making Decisions
  • Slowed Speech
  • Feelings of Guilt
  • Feeling Worthless
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Recurrent Thoughts of Death

Treating Depression with Medication

There are many drugs used to treat depression. Finding the right medication, settling on the perfect dosage, or ideal combination of medications can sometimes be challenging because every person is unique. Each patient has their own particular level of depression, varied symptoms, and distinct body chemistry that will figure into how well a particular medication or medications may work for them. Only a qualified medical doctor, or sometimes specifically—psychiatrist, can make medication decisions. If you think you may suffer from depression, see your doctor and get advise on therapy and medications. Never take any medication without your doctor's approval. Never change your prescribed dosage, add new medications into your regimen, or mix medications unless specifically instructed to by your doctor.
Compounded medications crafted by a compounding pharmacy may be easier for some patients to take as they can be delivered in multiple forms. Ask your doctor about the benefits of compounded medications.

Partial List of Some Common Medications for Depression

  • amoxapine
  • nortriptyline
  • citalopram
  • duloxetine
  • trazodone
  • venlafaxine
  • amitriptyline
  • vortioxetine
  • vilazodone
  • protriptyline
  • sertraline
  • olanzapine
  • selegiline
  • perphenazine
  • lurasidone
  • lamotrigine
  • escitalopram
  • chlordiazepoxide
  • aripiprazole
  • doxepin
  • clomipramine
  • bupropion
  • isocarboxazid
  • phenelzine
  • desipramine
  • tranylcypromine
  • paroxetine
  • fluoxetine
  • mirtazapine
  • quetiapine
  • nefazodone
  • trimipramine
  • imipramine
  • levomilnacipran
  • desvenlafaxine
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    Clair C. | West Hollywood, CA