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Depression is a state of low mood and aversion to activity that can affect a person's thoughts, behavior, feelings and sense of well-being. Depressed people usually feel sad, anxious, empty, hopeless, worried, helpless, irritable, hurt, or restless. They may lose interest in activities that once were pleasurable. They may also experience loss of appetite or overeating, have problems concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions.

If you’re being treated for depression, taking an antidepressant may be part of your treatment plan. Antidepressants work by balancing chemicals in your brain called neurotransmitters that affect mood and emotions. These depression drugs can help improve your mood, help you sleep better, and increase your appetite and concentration.


Whether antidepressant medication is the best treatment option depends on how severe the person’s depression is, their history of illness, their age and their personal preferences. Most people do best with a combination of medications for depression and therapy.

Specifically, antidepressants help reduce the extreme sadness and lack of interest in life that are typical in people with depression. These drugs also may be used to treat other conditions, such as obsessive compulsive disorder, premenstrual syndrome, chronic pain, and eating disorders.

Typically, antidepressants are taken for 4 to 6 months. In some cases, however, patients and their doctors may decide that antidepressants are needed for a longer time.

While many people find that antidepressants work well to help reduce the symptoms of depression, you might not feel better right away. It usually takes at least three to four weeks before you notice a change in your mood. Sometimes it can take even longer. Taking the pill every day as directed helps increase the chance that it works.

You definitely have to be a little patient for the medicine to work!

Some of the most common antidepresant drugs are: Valium, Zoloft, Celexa, Escitalopram, Zimovane, Fluox, Tomoxetin. See more...





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September 3 2013 3 03 /09 /September /2013 08:49

Have you ever failed to get out of your bed just because you were unenthusiastic to do so? Has a tragedy in your life disturbed you so much that you were not able to carry out your routine tasks? Are you afraid of people so much that you never attend social functions?

 All the above are signs and symptoms of some problem that is much more serious than just sadness or nervousness. They are symptoms of DEPRESSION and ANXIETY. If left untreated, this condition may get worsened with passage of time.

Zoloft (sertraline hydrochloride) is an oral medicine that is produced to treat the devastating symptoms of depression and anxiety disorders. Zoloft is primarily prescribed for young adults, adults and geriatric patients. It is a member of a group of medicines referred to as SSRI’s (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors).


Zoloft has numerous benefits for the body some of which are:

1. Acts as a mood enhancer.nodepression.jpg
Zoloft contains Sertraline in huge amounts. Zoloft thus helps in restoring the balance of chemical serotonin that is secreted in the brain. Improved levels of this chemical elevates your mood.

2. Helps in treating anxiety.
Zoloft is effective in relieving nervousness, anxiety, and tension that are associated with anxiety disorder.

3. Treats depression and associated symptoms.
Research indicated that Zoloft is successful in treating depression and other symptoms related to it. Regular intake of this medicine brings an end to symptoms of depression before the sufferer thinks of committing suicide. The patient recovers quickly, and resumes regular life style.

4. Successful in treating and managing anxiety disorders.
Zoloft has been successful in management and treatment of anxiety disorders like panic disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorders, post-traumatic stress disorders and social anxiety disorders.

5. Helps in the treatment of Premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD)
Zoloft is capable of treating premenstrual dysphoric disorder. It is a serious disorder that causes severe physical and emotional premenstrual symptoms like anger, irritability depressed moods, anxiety, headaches, bloating of stomach, muscle aches and change in appetite.

6. Cures insomnia.
The first and foremost symptom of all the above problems is insomnia. Intake of this medicine helps in the treatment of insomnia and regularizes sleep cycle.

As with all medications,  Zoloft should be taken exactly as your doctor has instructed. Usual starting doses are 50 mg per day for depression and obsessive compulsive disorder. When being taken for panic disorder, frequently it is began at 25 mg per day. Dosages are frequently increased to as much as 200 mg per day. It is usually recommended that you continue your medicine for at least 4 weeks in order to feel the full effects. If you miss a dose, try to resume your prescribed routine as soon as possible. Never double up on the dosage to catch up.

Depression and anxiety might not seem to be very dangerous when they are at their beginning stages, but with time they become so serious that they may pose danger to your life.

Overcome depression with Zoloft and live a happy, productive life! 

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July 17 2013 4 17 /07 /July /2013 20:25


zoloft118394big.jpgDepression is a state that encompasses a number of mood disorders, some of which often co-occur.

Most common symptoms of depression include: loss of appetite, overeating, weight loss or fast weight gain, difficulty concentrating, intense feelings of sadness that persist for more days; in the most extreme cases - thoughts of suicide.

If you have any of these symptoms for more than two weeks, you must seek medical attention.



Most forms of depression are treatable, and patients who seek treatment and continue to follow their doctor's advice often go on to live happy and productive lives.

In the analysis of 12 most popular drugs for depression, two came out on top as the most effective and best tolerated as first-line treatments: Zoloft (sertraline) and Lexapro (escitalopram). Venlafaxine (Effexor), Celexa (Citalopram) and Valium rounded out the top five for effectiveness, but Venlafaxine was also among the four drugs patients were most likely to quit taking because of side effects. Reboxetine (Edronax) was less effective than the rest.



Depression.jpgZoloft (sertraline) in a group of drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Sertraline affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms.  It is used to treat depression, social anxiety disorder,

severe premenstrual dysphoric disorder, panic disorder, post traumatic stress disorder, obsessive compulsive disorder and has also been used to treat decreased sexual ability (premature ejaculation) in males.

The biggest benefit of treatment with Zoloft is that it is NON-habit forming and does not cause weight gain. 


Treatment with Zoloft has shown great promise in the treatment of clinical depression and a wide variety of other mental health disorders.  When taken as prescribed by a physician and used in conjunction with psychotherapy and behavior modification, Zoloft has shown to dramatically improve the symptoms of depression and other forms of anxiety and stress related disorders.

Prior to treatment with anti-depressants, it is necessary to visit a physician for a consultation to determine if a regimen of anti-depressants is necessary.

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June 20 2013 5 20 /06 /June /2013 20:10




Insomnia, or poor sleep, is a fairly common problem.


There may be difficulty in falling asleep, waking during the night, or waking early in the morning.


Zimovane or Imovane (zopiclone) is a medication that doctors prescribe to treat sleeping problems. Zopiclone can help with frequent wake-ups during the night, difficulty falling asleep and awaking too early. It helps you get to sleep faster and sleep through the night.


This drug belongs to the group of medicines called central nervous system or CNS depressants. These are medicines that make you feel drowsy or less alert. Take Zopiclone only as directed by your doctor. Do not take more of it, do not take it more often, and do not take it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. If too much is taken, it may become habit-forming (causing mental or physical dependence).


Do not take Zopiclone when your schedule does not permit you to get a full night's sleep (7 to 8 hours). If you must wake up before this, you may continue to feel drowsy and may experience memory problems, because the effects of the medicine have not had time to wear off.


There are some side effects that may be noticed when taking Zopiclone, including: dry mouth, headache and upset stomach. Zopiclone may cause you to have a coated tongue, bad breath, or a bitter taste. These effects are to be expected when you are taking zopiclone.


Zopiclone may cause some people, especially older persons, to become drowsy, dizzy, lightheaded, clumsy or unsteady, or less alert than they are normally. Even though zopiclone is taken at bedtime, it may cause some people to feel drowsy or less alert on arising.


Make sure you know how you react to Zopiclone before you drive, use machines, or do anything else that could be dangerous if you are dizzy, or are not alert or able to see well.  


If you think you need to take Zopiclone for more than 7 to 10 days, be sure to discuss it with your doctor. Insomnia that lasts longer than this may be a sign of another medical problem.


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May 29 2013 4 29 /05 /May /2013 10:27

Antidepressants are a type of medication used to treat depression. They can also be used to treat a number of other conditions. including:

    obsessive-compulsive disorder
    generalised anxiety disorder
    post-traumatic stress disorder

There are a number of antidepressants available that work in slightly different ways and have different side effects. Most of them work equally well to relieve depression, so choosing the right one generally involves subtle differences.

Antidepressants work by changing the levels of a group of chemicals in the brain called "neurotransmitters". Certain neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and norepinephrine can improve mood and emotion.

depression.jpgIncreasing the levels of neurotransmitters is a gradual process. Most people will need to take antidepressants for two to four weeks before they notice any improvement in their symptoms.

Increasing levels of neurotransmitters can also disrupt pain signals sent by nerves, which may explain why some antidepressants can also help relieve symptoms of chronic (long-term) pain.

While antidepressants treat the symptoms of depression, they do not necessarily address its causes. This is why they are usually used in combination with therapy to treat moderate to severe depression or other mental health conditions.

Antidepressants are usually taken in tablet form. A course of treatment usually lasts for six months. A two-year course may be recommended for people with a previous history of depression.

Many doctors start depression treatment by prescribing an SSRI. SSRIs are safe and relieve depression for most people. However, like many antidepressants, they can cause sexual side effects — most commonly failure to achieve orgasm in women and delayed ejaculation in men. SSRIs include:

    Citalopram (Celexa)
    Escitalopram (Lexapro)
    Fluoxetine (Fluox, Lovan)
    Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
    Paroxetine (Paxil)
    Sertraline (Zoloft)

Alternative treatments for depression include talking therapies such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Increasingly, people with moderate to severe depression are treated using a combination of antidepressants and CBT.
Regular exercise has also been shown to be useful in those with mild depression symptoms.

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