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Antidepressant Side Effects: What are They and How to Cope with Them

Mental health has taken a front seat as the world has grappled with a global pandemic. Rates of anxiety and depression have skyrocketed as we all try to cope with our lives being turned upside down with isolation, fear and loss. A recent study, published in JAMA, reports that rates of depression have tripled during the COVID-19 pandemic.      What are antidepressants and what are the different types?   Antidepressant medications are a powerful tool to help individuals during this difficult time. During the pandemic, several antidepressants were placed on the FDA's drug shortage list due to increased prescriptions and demand.  While antidepressants...


Fluvastatin Side Effects: What They Are and What You Can Do About Them

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women across nearly every age and ethnic group.   Heart disease is responsible for approximately one out of every four deaths in the United States, and it is often preventable.   Conditions like high blood pressure and high cholesterol are the leading contributors to heart disease and are extremely common.   High cholesterol, a condition which causes no obvious symptoms, contributes to an increased risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke, but many people are unaware that they have the condition.   The...


Birth Control and Mood Swings: What Can You Do About Them?

Are you moody on your birth control? Bummed out. Anxious. Irritable. Overwhelmed. Uncontrollable crying. Riding waves of emotions. Just not feeling like yourself?   Well, you are not alone. And, no you are NOT CRAZY.  In fact, mood swings are one of the top complaints of hormonal birth control.   These are documented side effects that occur for several reasons, one of them being the depletion of key nutrients while taking birth control. It’s something called M.I.N.D. - medication induced nutrient depletions, and you can learn more about it here. You may have experienced your own fair share of side effects from...


Prozac vs. Zoloft: What are the Differences?

Prozac and Zoloft both offer effective treatments for depression, anxiety, and a number of other mental health conditions. The differences between the two medications include their chemical composition, conditions treated, age specifications, and available forms.

Medication-Induced Nutrient Deficiencies

Thanks to the commercials that provide a seemingly endless list of side effects for many medications, most people are aware that taking medications can cause changes in your body that are not the intended result of the medication. These changes, called side effects, can take many different forms, including side effects

Grapefruit and Statins: What You Need to Know

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice can cause dangerous interactions with certain statin medications that increase your likelihood of experiencing side effects, including atorvastatin (Lipitor), simvastatin (Zocor), and lovastatin (Mevacor).

Antidepressants and hair loss: Everything you need to know

No matter what your gender, most people find premature hair loss extremely distressing. Although men are more likely than women to lose hair and experience baldness as they age as a result of a genetic condition called male-pattern hair loss, anyone can experience hair loss as a result of medical conditions, experiencing a traumatic or stressful event, childbirth, or taking certain medications.    Among the medications that are known to cause hair loss are antidepressants. While antidepressants are important tools in the treatment of mental health, hair loss can be a major blow to your self esteem and self confidence...


Do Antidepressants Cause Memory Loss?

Antidepressants are an important tool in the fight against many mental health conditions, but they are associated with many different side effects, including memory loss. Both tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs) and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been linked to memory loss in research.

Antidepressants and Sleep: How Do They Affect You?

Antidepressant medications are helpful for treating depression, but they may impact your sleep. Many types of antidepressants have been found to disrupt deep sleep and may leave patients feeling tired throughout the day due to insomnia and disrupted sleep patterns.