Non sedating ssri

19-Jul-2016 05:20

Strategies to improve management of such patients include optimizing SSRI dosing (starting at a low dose and slowly increasing the dose to reach the target dose) and ensuring an adequate trial before switching to a different drug.Benzodiazepines should be avoided but, when necessary, may be used for a short duration or may be used long-term in patients for whom other treatments have failed.Pros: A very effective SSRI that can be easier to start and stay on than others.Side effects: Nausea, insomnia, headaches, sexual dysfunction, jitteriness; possibly drowsiness, dry mouth, constipation.They have the advantage of ease of dosing and low toxicity in overdose.SSRIs are greatly preferred over the other classes of antidepressants for the treatment of children and adolescents, and these agents are also the first-line medications for late-onset depression, due to their superior tolerability and comparatively more benign safety profile.

Most work equally well to relieve depression, so choosing the right one generally involves subtle differences.Drugs to consider for use in augmentation therapy include benzodiazepines, buspirone, beta blockers, tricyclic antidepressants, and valproate sodium.