If you experience moderate or severe depression, you may have asked a physician to prescribe an antidepressant. According to the Mayo Clinic you should provide your doctor with information to help him or her choose which drug will work for you. You may have answered any of the following questions:
- What are your specific symptoms? Do you have low energy? Do you have trouble sleeping?
- Are you feeling depressed all day, or is it worse as the day progresses?
- Have you taken any prescribed medication that caused side effects?
- Has a parent, child or sibling taken an antidepressant that was effective?
- What other medications are you currently taking?
- Are you pregnant or breastfeeding?
- Do you have any other physical health conditions?
- Do you have any mental health issues?
This information will help the doctor prescribe an antidepressant, but if it does not relieve your symptoms or causes bothersome side effects, you may need to try another drug.
Antidepressant Overdose Risks
The signs of an overdose vary depending on what antidepressant and how much of it someone takes. The initial signs of overdose develop within a few hours of consuming the drug and include the following:
- Rapid heartbeat
- Dry mouth
- Urinary retention
- Hot, dry skin
- Dry mucous membranes
- Dilated pupils
- Hypertension (high blood pressure)
- Cardiac arrhythmias (irregular heartbeat)
An antidepressant overdose is very dangerous, because these symptoms can easily escalate, possibly leading to respiratory collapse, coma or even death.
Treatment for Antidepressant Abuse
One of the greatest concerns about antidepressant abuse is the increased potential for suicide. If you abuse antidepressants, a residential treatment facility can help you get well with any of the following services:
- Medically supervised detox
- Individual counseling to identify underlying issues that may have caused your depression
- Group counseling to teach you to cope with depression symptoms rather than abusing antidepressants
- Education to teach you how antidepressants affect you
- Planning for life without antidepressants
- Motivation to maintain your commitment to sobriety
- Support for transitioning from treatment back to everyday life
Getting this comprehensive treatment may prevent another overdose from happening.
Help for Antidepressant Abuse
If you or someone you know struggles with depression and antidepressant abuse, seek information about detox and rehab services. While recovery from is difficult, it is possible and we can help, so please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about rehab and antidepressants.