Antidepressant Side Effects

This section on antidepressant focuses on SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors) medications which are prescribed for a number of common mental health disorders and neuropathic pain relief.

Current research increasingly indicates side effects result from patients' genetic inability to metabolise SSRIs efficiently resulting in SSRI neurotoxicity.

Antidepressant Physical Side Effects

This part focuses on SSRI physical side effects otherwise known as ADRs (Adverse Drug Reactions). Whilst some short term side effects are addressed by Health and Social Care practitioners, the relatively unknown and serious physical side effects researched from epidemiology are addressed in this part.

Antidepressant Psychological and Cognitive Side Effects

Research shows there is a link between antidepressants and individual variations in the polymorphic region of the Serotonin Transporter Gene and CYP450 2D6, 2C19 and 2C9 variations with outcomes of psychosis, mania, akathisia, suicide, homicide and insomnia.

In 2016 The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) stated all SSRI product literature contains the potential warnings of suicide and related behaviour, such as aggression, nightmares, agitation, hallucinations, mania, panic attacks and akakthisia. Excluded from the SSRI product literature are:peculiar body sensations, bizarre thinking and reasoning, psychosis,and homicide/homicidal ideation. Every behaviour stated above is due to SSRI toxicity. Since the MHRA takes no responsibility of ensuring other regulatory bodies are kept up to date, many sites used by Health and Social Care pratitioners are currently inaccurate. This is not satisfactory. Further more the MHRA do not reveal SSRI and pharmacogentic variations affect outcome, which I think is misleading as the product literature implies psychological side effects is all a hot and miss affair. This is not correct as specific gentic variations are linked to worsoning mental health conditions and could be avoided by genotype testing.

Antidepressant Withdrawal Reactions Psychological Cognitive and Physical

Regardless of whether antidepressants are prescribed for a mental health disorder or for pain relief in physical diseases, antidepressant medications do cause dependency and may cause physical, cognitive and psychological side effects if individuals are not able to break down drugs efficiently.

The intensity of the withdrawal effects are determined by patients' genetic makeup; patients who are Poor Metabolisers of SSRIs will experience greater withdrawal effects compared with patients who are Extensive Metabolisers who are able to metabolise antidepressants efficiently. This explains why some patients withdraw from antidepressants without any difficulty.

Antipsychotic Phyiscal Side Effects

This section covers the extensive physical side effects to antipsychotic medication, many of which are not found in mainstream U.K. mental health literature.

Antipsychiotic Psychological and Cognitive Side Effects

This section consists of the psychological and cognitive side efects to antipsychotic drugs which are not addressed in mainstream neuroleptic literature and mental health.