from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A class of drugs, such as fluoxetine or sertraline, that inhibit the uptake of serotonin by neurons of the central nervous system and are primarily used in the treatment of depression and obsessive compulsive disorder.
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- Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or serotonin-specific reuptake inhibitor.
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- n. an antidepressant drug that acts by blocking the reuptake of serotonin so that more serotonin is available to act on receptors in the brain
(For the record: SSRI is shorthand for Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor and refers to the class of depression-busting drugs that burst onto the market with Prozac in 1988.)
Cymbalta by Eli Lilly and Effexor by Wyeth are often called SSRI's, but they are actually serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRI's).
The four medications that are allowed by the new policies are part of the so-called SSRI family.
A new National Institute of Mental Health study, published in Archives of General Psychiatry, concludes that a classification of anti-depressants, the so-called SSRI's -- selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors -- can not only relieve depression but can also change a patient's personality.
It has been shown that these so called SSRI's can trigger psychotic episodes leading to suicide.
All four drugs are in a class of antidepressants called SSRI's, which help regulate mood by blocking reabsorption of the chemical serotonin, believed to play a role in behavior.
And as far as drug side effects, Consumer Reports found fewer people had them with an older class of drugs called SSRI's - medications like Prozac, Zoloft and their generic equivalents.
Still other experts say it depends on the kind of SSRI and the person taking it.
And, despite changing medical perspectives, web sites devoted to "SSRI" violence, testimony of affected families and Hawkins 'own friend Shawn who told KETV NewsWatch 7 Hawkins was on antidepressants, Koplewicz blames the disease not the drug.
Please don't jump on the 'SSRI's are evil' bandwagon.
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