Signs of Antidepressant Abuse

Signs of Antidepressant Abuse drug rehabilitation and alcohol rehabilitation

Depression is a serious illness that many people suffer from and the symptoms have an enormous effect on a person's daily life and well-being. Antidepressant medications are commonly prescribed for treating depression because they balance out chemicals (serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine) in the brain which improves a person's mood.


When a person is suffering from depression they can't concentrate, they have problems sleeping and it can affect their appetite too.

Antidepressants also help to improve a person's concentration, sleep, and appetite when they're suffering with depression as well as helping to maintain mental balance.

Abused Antidepressants

There are many different types of antidepressants and some of them are often abused which include Prozac, Paxil, Celexa, Zoloft, and Lexapro. No one should ever use another person's antidepressant medication to self-medicate symptoms of depression. There are side effects associated with antidepressant medications and some of them could be severe. Long term use of some antidepressant medications can lead to withdrawal symptoms if they're abruptly stopped so never quit taking them on your own; always seek your physician's advice.

What is Prozac

Prozac is used to treat depression but is also a medication used to treat some eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic attacks. Prozac falls into a category of medications called Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI). Prozac increases serotonin levels which is a natural chemical in the brain that helps to maintain mental balance. Long term use of Prozac can lead to dependence leaving a person unable to function without the drug. There are many withdrawal symptoms experienced if a person becomes dependent on Prozac and they suddenly stop taking their medication.

Prozac Severe Side Effects

  • Headaches
  • Problems with memory
  • Problems with concentration
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Problems with coordination
  • Seizures
  • Shallow breathing


Prozac Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Irritability
  • Nightmares


What Is Paxil

Paxil is an antidepressant that's used to treat major depressive disorder and general anxiety disorder. Paxil helps to balance chemicals in the brain that may have become unbalanced. Long term use of Paxil can lead to dependence and withdrawal symptoms could be experienced if the antidepressant is abruptly stopped or a person forgets to take their dose.

Paxil Severe Side Effects

  • Headaches
  • Trouble with concentration
  • Memory problems
  • Weakness
  • Loss of coordination
  • Fainting
  • Seizures
  • Shallow breathing


Paxil Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Tingling or burning
  • Irritability
  • Nightmares

What Is Celexa

Celexa is an antidepressant medication used to treat depression and works by increasing serotonin in the brain. Celexa can lead to dependence if the medication is used for an extended period of time and withdrawal symptoms can be experienced if the medication is stopped suddenly.

Celexa Severe Side Effects

  • Headaches
  • Chest pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Confusion
  • Fainting
  • Loss of coordination
  • Dizziness
  • Seizures
  • Problems with coordination
  • Hives
  • Problems with memory
  • Excessive sweating
  • Confusion
  • Problems with concentration
  • Rash
  • Itching


Another serve side effect can be swelling (lower legs, ankles, feet, hands, face, throat, lips, or tongue).

Celexa Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Insomnia
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Dizziness
  • Sleepiness
  • Tingling or burning feelings


What Is Zoloft

Zoloft is an antidepressant that's used to treat major depression and generalized anxiety disorder. When chemicals in the brain become unbalanced it can cause depression, Zoloft increases serotonin levels which helps to maintain our mental balance. The use of Zoloft long term can lead to dependence and the user can experience symptoms of withdrawal if the antidepressant is abruptly discontinued.

Zoloft Side Effects

  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Trouble with concentration
  • Memory problems
  • Weakness
  • Fainting
  • Unsteadiness
  • Seizures
  • Shallow breathing

Zoloft Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Feelings of irritability
  • Bad dreams (nightmares)


What Is Lexapro

Lexapro is an antidepressant used to treat depression and generalized anxiety disorder. Lexapro also helps to increase serotonin levels in the brain to help maintain mental balance. Lexapro is not considered to be addictive but antidepressants do have an associated risk of withdrawal syndrome. SSRI antidepressant medications aren't technically addictive but discontinuing these medications can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms.

Lexapro Side Effects

  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Changes in sex drive or sexual ability
  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Heartburn
  • Stomach pain
  • Extreme tiredness
  • Dry mouth
  • Increased appetite
  • Flu like symptoms

Lexapro Withdrawal Symptoms

  • Changes in mood
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Dizziness
  • Anxiety
  • Confusion
  • Headache

Problems falling asleep or staying asleep is another Lexapro withdrawal symptom.

Signs of Antidepressant or Depression Medication Abuse

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Tremors
  • Sweating
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Criminal behavior
  • Paranoia
  • Hallucinations
  • Psychosis
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety and Nervousness
  • Agitation
  • Hostility
  • Aggression
  • Confusion
  • Violent thoughts and actions


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