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Treating Depression more Effectively with Citalopram

For the past twenty years, a certain class of anti-depressant drugs has been the most common content of doctors’ prescriptions both within and outside the US. This class of medication is known as Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or SSRIs, and all specific drugs under it are highly reputed due to their effectiveness and safety.

SSRIs are said to increase the amount of serotonin or neurotransmitters, a chemical that is produced by the brain and which attaches themselves to other brain nerve receptors, altering a patient’s mood in the process.

SSRIs were specifically developed to treat major depressive disorder; however, these are also commonly prescribed to treat cases of anxiety disorders, including obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorders, chronic pain, social anxiety disorder, eating disorders and, sometimes, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Besides blocking the “reuptake” or re-absorption of serotonin in the brain, SSRIs also do not affect other neurotransmitters, thus, the term “selective.” This selectivity is one of the therapeutic advantages of SSRIs over other antidepressant.

One specific type or SSRI medication is the generic drug Citalopram (with brand name Celexa). This oral antidepressant drug works by preventing neurotransmitters from being reabsorbed into the brain (after the brain has manufactured and released them), resulting to more of these chemical to stimulate the brain’s nerve cells.

Citalopram was primarily developed to treat depression; some doctors, however also prescribe it for off-label use (not among those approved by the US Food and Drug Administration) for  treatment of panic disorder, anxiety disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder and premenstrual dysphoric syndrome or PMDD. Citalopram has also been known to be an effective treatment for patients with Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD).

Citalopram should never be used with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin or any other medication that affect bleedings as this may increase the risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. Complications may also result if taken by pregnant women of nursing mothers.

Some of those who take the drug may experience any of the following side-effects: sexual dysfunction; dry mouth; nausea; headache; vomiting, drowsiness; excessive sweating; tremor and inability to sleep. Stopping the intake of Citalopram, though, may, to some, result to withdrawal reactions, like dizziness, tiredness, irritability, tingling sensations, and vivid dreams.

Dangerous Side Effects of Byetta

Byetta is an exenatide. When used with proper diet and good exercise program, it can help in controlling high blood sugar. Exenatide, which makes up Byetta, is similar to the natural occurring incretin. By helping increase the release of insulin and lowering the amount of sugar that the patients’ liver makes, it can slow down the digestion of food in the stomach, reducing the amount of absorbed sugar, and could help in decreasing the appetite.

People who have type-2 diabetes are usually prescribed this treatment to aid them in regulating their sugar levels to avoid the complications that can arise from having this condition. It is specifically made for people suffering from type-2 diabetes. Even though most people can handle being treated with Byetta, there are still others who develop side effects. Some of these side effects include:

  1. Nausea, dizziness or headaches
  2. Low blood sugars
  3. Vomiting Decreased appetite
  4. Gastroesophageal reflux disease, also called GERD
  5. Increased sweating, feeling jittery
  6. Heartburn or an upset stomach

There are many things and factors to consider before a doctor can prescribe this medication to their patients. Age, weight, health conditions and other medications are looked into to prevent further complications to the health of their patients. Although, even with thorough investigation, mistakes can still occur and patients still develop severe complications after being prescribed Byetta.

Because of these health complications, there are a lot of patients who file lawsuits against the company who manufactures Byetta. Filing a Byetta lawsuit can be complicated, as there are many things that are to be investigated. It is always advisable to have a reliable and experienced medical lawyer for guidance when pursuing such a lawsuit to ensure that you are properly represented. Suffering from type-2 diabetes is already hard enough, a person does not need to worry further about the complications of the medications that they are taking.