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What are some common antidepressants?

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Drugs commonly prescribed to treat depression include Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, Paxil and Zoloft, reports Healthline. These antidepressants are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, SSRIs. They treat depression by limiting the serotonin blockers in the brain. Fewer side effects occur from these medications. Serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors or SNRIs include Cymbalta, Effexor XR and Pristiq. These antidepressants enhance the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine in the brain.

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Lexapro treats depression and anxiety, states WebMD. It is intended to restore a person’s energy and sense of well-being. Side effects, such as dry mouth, constipation, dizziness, tiredness and trouble sleeping may occur. Cymbalta treats anxiety, depression and nerve pain. People with conditions such as arthritis, chronic back pain and fibromyalgia may benefit from taking Cymbalta for pain relief.

In addition to depression and anxiety, Effexor XR treats social anxiety phobias and panic attacks. Side effects include loss of appetite, blurred vision, and trouble sleeping and increased sweating. When SSRIs and SNRIs do not work, tricyclic antidepressants are usually prescribed, says Healthline. TCAs include Anafranil, Pamelor and Vivactil. Users may experience side effects such as dry mouth, constipation, fatigue, irregular heart beat and low blood pressure. Alert a doctor for any serious side effects that occur while on an antidepressant.

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