Medicines should be used with caution. It is important to enter into any doctor appointment with knowledge to make an informed decision about how to aid in your health and see to it that your needs are being met properly.
It is always assumed that the doctor knows best, but the truth of the matter is, they don't always know and they can't know if one doesn't speak up and out towards one's own healing. Taking responsibility plays a key role and one of the ways to find success in combating suicide is knowing what questions to ask.
Here is a list of medications that are usually prescribed for suicide/depression along with their adverse effects.
* This in not intended to disuade anyone from taking medicines that could prove to be beneficial. This is provided as a guideline to help one be aware of changes that can hinder one's healing. If symptoms appear, or persist after a period of time, the doctor should be consulted.
Tricyclic antidepressants: An antidepressant drug that acts by blocking the reuptake of norepinephrine and serotonin and thus making more of those substances available to act on receptors in the brain.
Generic Name /Trade Name:
More about SSRI's:
*Brand name: ZOLOFT *
Zoloft effects chemicals in the brain that become imbalanced and can cause many syptoms including obsessive-compulsive symptoms- which it is sometimes used to treat.
Studies strongly support that this drug potentially increases suicidal tendencies in children and adults when prescribed to treat depression.
An FDA facts sheet should be issued to all patients who have been prescribed this drug.
panic attacks/severe restlessness
flu like symptoms
*This medication should not be taken during pregnancy. Birth defects and serious side effects have occured.
For more information please see the following link:
Strict rules for taking Zoloft: http://www.drugs.com/zoloft.html
*Brand name: Prozac *
sexual side effects/loss of libido
Withdrawl symptoms include headaches
*Brand name: Oxycotin*
Highly addictive For further reading on side effects:
FURTHER READING ON MEDICATION ASSOCIATED WITH SUICIDES:
ANTIDEPRESSANTS AND SIDE EFFECTS:
* If you decide that medication use is right for you, please inform a loved one, and provide them with a list of side effects so that they can be watchful of any changes in your emotional and mental health.
If you are able, have someone keep your medicines in a safe place, and perhaps take them with a witness, this is for your safety especially if you have attempted suicide before.