Stress, a psychological condition, can be defined in various ways. It can be “the non-specific response of the body to any demand for change” as Hans Selye calls it or it can be “a reaction of a particular individual to a stimulus event” as Skinner defines it. Just like Psychology as a subject itself, the definition of stress has gone through a number of eras and evolution.
Levi (1996) however defines it as “Stress is caused by a multitude of demands (stressors), such as an inadequate fit between what we need and what we are capable of and what our environment offers and what it demands of us”.
After getting a grip of what stress actually is, it still does not tell us enough about its diagnosis. Here, the categories of stress create an academic chaos as well. It is not easy to categorize stress which makes its diagnosis and treatment a little more difficult. Plus, with unhealthy amount of media attention and wrong illustration of stress, there is a huge risk of wrong diagnosis.
Here in this article, however, we will be discussing the tablets that can be used to relieve stress.
NOTE: The intention preamble was to focus on the fact that it is important to visit a Psychologist or a Psychiatrist for a diagnosis instead of self-diagnosing yourself and impulsively using the medicines we are going to discuss. For it can lead you to dangerous health conditions.
Before we start talking about the tablets, let’s quickly get a look on what actually causes stress.
Causes of Stress
Stress can be caused by any situation that takes a toll on your nerves and exhausts you physically and emotionally repetitively. It can be an unhealthy romantic relationship, fights with your parents, too much to do at your work place or unmanageable responsibilities of home and work, both. The cause of stress can be as minor as breaking an argument with a friend or the death of a loved one. Among other major causes of stress come chronic health conditions, financial problems, emotional problems, traumatic events (past or present), fear of uncertainty, fear of being let down and specifically change.
What are the Usual Symptoms of Clinically Diagnosable Stress
Here are certain symptoms or sign that can indicate if you’re suffering from stress or not and whether or not you should visit a psychologist or psychiatrist right away.
- General mood swings
- Being cranky
- General Aches and Pains
- Teeth grinding
- Loss or increase in appetite
- Sweaty palms
- Muscle tension in neck and shoulders
- Racing heart
- Weight gain or weight loss
- Upset stomach (quite often)
- Difficulty in achieving sexual pleasure
- Increased irritation
These are a few of the pointers that can help you understand your situation and seek immediate help from a professional.
Stress Relieving Medicines
Stress involves both body and brain. They both depend heavily on chemicals in the body which makes it difficult for doctors to stick to one kind of medications. Therefore, they use a variety of medicines to relieve stress such as tranquilizers also known as sedatives, antidepressants and sometimes beta-blockers which have been proven beneficial in stress relief.
NOTE: Before we dig deeper into the anti-stress drugs, it is important to note that these drugs are as addictive as affective they are for the patients. Most of the stress relieving drugs also have side effects on the body. In this case, the only way to remain calm and healthy is to take precautions and follow the exact advice of your doctor.
Here are other beneficial stress relief tablets that you can use to relieve stress after consulting your doctor.
Stress Formula Zinc
This tablet is a multivitamin pill that helps you regain or balance your body vitamins when you stop eating properly and get ill.
This tablet also has a tendency to upset your stomach for a while until your body adjusts to it. However, if you have any specific allergies, mention it to your doctor beforehand.
It is and antidepressant among the other drugs in the group of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs).
Do not take sertraline in liquid form or use it while you’re treated with pimozide or methylene blue injection.
If you have any health condition like heart disease, high or low blood pressure, kidney or liver disease, low level of sodium in your blood, bipolar disorder, bleeding problems or seizures and if you’re pregnant please let your doctor know so he can keep the sertraline out of the prescription for it can affect your health negatively. There are certain medicines that can react and cause serotonin syndrome (usual symptoms are sweating, fever, hallucinations, muscle stiffness, twitching etc)
Note: Do not take it without prescription.
CeleXA or Citalopram is also an anti-depressent among SSRIs. It is used to treat stress and depression usually.
It is advised not to use CeleXA with pimozide just like sertraline because it causes problem in your heart rhythm if you do.
If you have severe health condition such as epilepsy, heart problems, kidney problems, narrow-angle glaucoma, bipolar disorder, electrolyte imbalance in your body or if you have a history of suicidal thoughts or attempts, please let your doctor know so he can help you in a better way and choose for you if CeleXA is good for you or not.
ProZAC also known as Flouxitine is an SSRI antidepressant and it helps the brain balance the chemicals which are disturbed in the patients of depression, stress, panic, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder.
If you’re already using CeleXA, Desyrel, Lexapro, Lpeptro, Effexor, Cymbalta, Viibryd or Zoloft, let your doctor know because these drugs combined with Prozac can cause serotonin syndrome which worsens the situation even more.
Just like aforementioned stress relieving drugs, do not use Prozac if you’re already using pimozide and wait for at least 14 days before taking Prozac if you have been taking MOA inhibitors.
Explain you chronic health situations if you have any to your doctor before he makes your prescription to avoid mishaps.
Paxil also known as paroxetine is also n SSRIs antidepressant and it used to treat stress, depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive compulsive disorders and premenstrual dysphonic disorder (PMDD).
Just like other SSRI antidepressants, do not take paxil with Pimozide as well as thioridazine. Avoid taking it for at least 14 days before you take your MOA inhibitor after taking paxil. MOA inhibitors usually include linezolid, rasagiline, tranylcypromine, phenelzien, isocarboxazid, selegiline etc.
If you have any chronic health conditions, please let your physicals know.
Paroxetine belongs to group of SSRIs and a well know antidepressant. Paroxetine balanced the brain chemicals that are affected in individuals with anxiety, depression and or other stress related disorders. It is also useful in treating disorder such a depression, together with major depressive disorder. There are some other disorders treated by paroxetine like panic disorder, OCD, anxiety disorders, PTSD, PMDD. For treating hotflashes of Brisdelle a brand of Paroxetine is used to treat menopause and it is not used for any other conditions.
Fluoxetine an antidepressant belongs to a class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI). Fluoxetine influence chemicals in the brain that may be deranged in people with depression, panic, anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive signs and symtoms.
Fluoxetine is used as a treatment of Major Depressive disorder, eating disorder such as bulimia nervosa, OCD, MPDD and panic disorder.
Another medication known as olanzapine is sometime used in combination with Fluoxitine as a treatment of manic episode of depression caused by bipolar disorder. When other medication have been used to treat but not effect to treat the symptoms of depression this combination of Fluoxitine than be used to treat depression. If you are taking olanzapine than first read the Zyprexa guide and all patient warnings and instruct tion provided with the medication.
If you also take olanzapine (Zyprexa), read the Zyprexa medication guide and all warnings and directions provided with that medication for the patients.
Luvox belongs to a class of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) antidepressant. Luvox influences the neurotransmitter in brain to eliminate the symptoms caused by depression in an individuals.
It is used to managed the problems like social anxiety, social phobia, obsessive compulsive disorder which caused obsessions and compulsions. Some of the problems are not listed here for which Luvox can be used to treat.
Prazosin belongs to a class of drugs well known as alpha-adrenergic blockers. IT is a drug that relaxed and calms your nerves, veins. Prazosin relaxes your veins and arteries so that blood can circulate more easily. It is used as a treatment of hypertion or BP problems. It can also be used to treat many other problems which are not listed here.
Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ)
What to do if a person misses his dose?
Try to take the medicine as soon as you can but if it is the time for next dose then skip the previous missed dose.
What is SSRI Syndrome?
It can be described as too much Serotonin in your body resulting various symptoms. On instance, taking one medication to augment serotonin levels can also result in serotonin syndrome in vulnerable individuals. Earlier than starting any medication, it is fundamental that you discuss all the medications you are taking with your doctor to evade this potentially lethal situation.
What are the symptoms of SSRI Syndrome?
The following symptoms are signs that you are experiencing serotonin syndrome:
- Rapid heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Muscle rigidity
- Heavy sweating
- Dilated pupils
- Loss of muscle coordination
- Twitching muscles
Which medicines can cause SRRI Syndrome?
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) e.g antidepressants like:
- Paroxetine S
- ertraline (Zoloft)
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