The SSRI sertraline (Zoloft), if taken while pregnant, can result in birth defects caused by the drug damaging a cell's genetic information. Researchers report one potential way to counter the effect is with specific antioxidants.
A comparison of medical records reveals people who took SSRI antidepressants, specifically fluoxetine (Prozac), were less likely to die of COVID-19 than a matched control group. The findings add to a growing body of evidence that SSRIs may have beneficial effects against the worst symptoms of coronavirus.
A new study assesses existing research into 'moral enhancement' technologies and reports that current methods are neither wise nor feasible.
Researchers report early interventions can help accelerate recovery for PTSD, but results may not be sustained.
Researchers report a single dose of a widely prescribed antidepressant causes quantifiable changes in the brain within a matter of hours.
The placebo effect combined with dopamine levels can determine whether symptoms of depression and social anxiety will improve in patients prescribed SSRI antidepressants. Researchers found the positive effect of the medications was four times higher in patients with high expectations the treatment would work compared to those with lower expectations.
Long-term use of antidepressants can create physical dependence and severe withdrawal symptoms for patients looking to stop their treatment. Patients who quit their medication often experience Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome, which results in flu-like symptoms, insomnia, nausea, and other symptoms associated with withdrawal.
Researchers explain how SSRI antidepressants initiate action by targeting a specific type of nerve cells. Findings may lead to the development of faster acting antidepressants.
Antidepressants, such as the SSRI amitriptyline, antibiotics associated with developmental problems and sun cream components are contaminating water, and are being accumulated in fish. Exposure to the medications has effects on the molecular level to the fish. Researchers say this poses a problem as consumption of gilt-head bream is on the rise, and there could be a risk of the contaminants reaching humans via diet.