Want to save your love life? Restrict intake of anti-depressants
According to a new study, anti-depressants may affect your love life. ‘Drugs called selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), which work mainly through the serotonin system, were found to be affecting men’s feelings while drugs called tricyclic antidepressants seem to affect women’s feelings,’ said Hagop S. Akiskal from the University of California, San Diego.
During the study, they compared the effects of SSRIs and tricyclic antidepressants on the love lives of 192 people with depression – 123 women and 69 men – and whose mean age was 41. Researchers found that those taking SSRIs were more likely to say they felt less at ease with sharing their partners’ thoughts and feelings.
Men taking SSRIs reported being less likely to ask their partners for help or advice. Women on tricyclics were more likely to complain about disturbances in their sex life than men who had been taking tricyclics, the study noted. Doctors should inquire whether there is any impairment in the love life during depressive illness. ‘The loss of sexual desire and sexual feelings are common manifestations of depressive illness itself,’ Akiskal said in the study which appeared in the Journal of Affective Disorders.
What are the side-effects of antidepressants?
Side effects are common with all drugs, especially with antidepressants. Sometimes the side-effects are really bad and further intake has to be discontinued immediately. To avoid this, you should keep a track of whatever you feel physically and emotionally after taking antidepressants and discuss it with your doctor.
Side effects of SSRIs:
- Sweating, anxiety
- Nausea and dizziness
- Sleeplessness or sleepiness and restlessness
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- Loss of appetite
- Sexual dysfunction
Side effects of tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs):
- Dryness of mouth
- Drowsy feeling
- Excessive sweating
- Increased pulse rate
- Blurring of vision
- Weight gain
- Sexual dysfunction
Monoamine oxidase inhibitors also show similar side-effects. But, other reported effects of MAOIs include sudden rise in blood pressure resulting in stiff neck, severe headache and chest pain. Read more about Antidepressant drugs – all your queries answered
With inputs from IANS
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