SSRI Side Effects

SSRI Side Effects

SSRI side effects can make life extremely difficult. There are thousands of people who take this form of antidepressant drug in hopes of alleviating anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and other discomforts.


Reportedly, 60% of adults in the USA have taken or are taking antidepressant medications for two years or more. One in four women have or are taking antidepressant drugs. Most of these medications are SSRI's with side effects. Unfortunately, the side effects of SSRI drugs can outweigh the benefits.  SSRI drugs can provide temporary relief at best, not from any curative property of the drug, but because the SSRI medication can mask or numb unwanted feelings, and can do so only for a time. 

Common Side Effects of SSRI Drugs

SSRI means "selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitor". The drug reportedly selectively inhibits serotonin molecules from entering the neural pathways. Serotonin (a hormone that has a stimulating effect) will remain in the neural synapse until it eventually degrades. SSRI drugs do not actually raise or increase serotonin levels, though because of the jamming effect, serotonin may build up for a time, and create an artificial "high", and if too much collects there, causes what is called "serotonin syndrome". 

Serotonin syndrome occurs when serotonin levels overload the system. SSRI drugs can cause this condition, even within a few hours of taking the drug or taking an increased dose. Immediate medical treatment for SSRI side effects is necessary when they are this extreme. 

Side effects of serotonin syndrome include: 

  • seizures
  • unconsciousness
  • high fever
  • irregular heartbeat

SSRI Drugs and Serotonin Deficiency

What SSRI drugs do over time is to create a deficit of serotonin. The neurotransmitters that the drug blocked from re-uptake will eventually break down or metabolize, leaving a deficiency. Over time the body can rebuild hormones, but not at the rate at which SSRI meds destroy them. This scenario leads to side effects that can be life-threatening and certainly requiring medical attention. 

Here are some of the more common side effects of SSRI drugs: 

  • suicidal thoughts, especially in children and young adults to age 25
  • hallucinations
  • birth defects such as cleft lip or palate, missing heart valves, etc.; if taken while pregnant the risk is 3 to 4 times the norm. 
  • chest or heart palpitations
  • tremors, shaking
  • dangerous drop in sodium levels, especially in the elderly
  • rage, aggressive behaviors, violence
  • headache
  • diarrhea
  • insomnia
  • loss of sex drive, impotence, failure to orgasm
  • dry mouth
  • weight loss, loss of appetite, indigestion
  • nausea
  • excessive yawning
  • fatigue.

Why Do People Choose SSRI Drugs?

People choose drugs like SSRI's despite their side effects because they want a fast and simple way to fix things like: 

  • depression
  • post-traumatic stress disorder
  • bulimia
  • OCD
  • anxiety 
  • panic attacks

Address Unwanted Conditions Without SSRI Side Effects  

Holistic treatment can vigorously investigate the causes for many unwanted feelings and sensations, eating disorders, and more, without the need to suffer side effects of SSRI drugs. A multitude of environmental factors, such as vitamin and mineral deficiencies, or chemicals and other pollutants can cause toxic reactions within the very sensitive neurochemistry of the brain and the CNS. Situational reasons for depression are probably the most overlooked reasons for feeling down or hopeless, and counseling or life coaching would be a logical response that could help in many cases. 

Where to Find Holistic Treatment for Side Effects of SSRI's

If you or your loved one is troubled by SSRI drug side effects, there are ways to help. Alternative to Meds Center SSRI withdrawal programs can get a person off these medications safely and without a lot of discomfort.Just as importantly, we can help our clients address mental health and other emotional issues without the need for harmful psychiatric drugs. That is our goal: to help as many people as possible to improve their mental health holistically. Call today and find out how we can help if you are looking for holistic mental health treatment, and need help to conquer ruinous SSRI side effects.


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