Antidepressants are medications that are prescribed to help treat chronic symptoms of depression. Antidepressants help regulate a person’s emotions and sense of wellbeing by increasing the availability of certain chemicals found in the brain like dopamine, serotonin, and norepinephrine.
Click here to see a list of common antidepressants.
Taking antidepressants with other drugs or certain foods can cause serious and potentially life threatening side effects.
Two of these effects are Serotonin Syndrome and Hypertensive Crisis (high blood pressure).
Click here to read more about these two medical conditions.
All antidepressants require a prescription for use, and each prescription is written with an individual’s current and past medical history in mind. Because of the personal nature of each prescription, sharing antidepressants can result in unintentionally harming someone else.
What can happen when antidepressants are taken inappropriately?
Taking more of your antidepressant than directed or taking it with alcohol or certain medications can have serious negative consequences, including:
How can misuse of antidepressant medications be prevented?
If you’re taking a prescription medication for depression, these steps can help prevent a medication poisoning:
Call Carolinas Poison Center, your doctor, or your pharmacy if you have questions about your antidepressant and any possible drug interactions with other medications. You don’t have to wait for a problem to arise before calling Carolinas Poison Center. You can call with questions, too.
What should you do if you or someone you know has taken antidepressant medication incorrectly?
If the person is not breathing or not responsive, call 911 immediately. Otherwise, you can call Carolinas Poison Center at 1-800-222-1222 for medication assistance from our specially trained nurses and pharmacists 24 hours a day.
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