some common and not-so-common, approved and unapproved treatments SSRIs are used for


Antidepressant Topic Index
SSRI Overview and Topic Index | Why SSRIs are so popular, but are they right for you?

1.  FDA-Approved Indications

At least some of the SSRIs are approved to treat these conditions. Anything Celexa is prescribed for, except depression, is an off-label application. On the other hand, Prozac and Paxil (but not Paxil CR) are approved to treat a shitload of stuff, some of which few other SSRIs are thrown at.

1.1  Depression. Duh.

In the US almost all serotonin-selective reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are approved to treat major depressive disorder. Luvox (fluvoxamine) is the oddball, as it is only approved to treat OCD. Stress major, as there’s always one study after another showing how antidepressants only work for those of us with severe depression. If you’re functional every day of the week and you have a pretty good idea as to what is causing you to be depressed (other than your brain is screwed up and/or there’s a family history of severe depression), you should try therapy and lifestyle changes first. They’ll probably do you a hell of a lot more good.

1.2  Anxiety

Almost all SSRIs are approved to treat one or more conditions in the alphabet soup of the anxiety spectrum (GAD, OCD, SAnD, PTSD). Celexa (citalopram) is the only SSRI approved in the US to treat depression and nothing else. It’s used off-label to treat anxiety disorders, and works rather well.



2.  Totally Off-label Applications

2.1  Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

Paxil is especially popular for this one.

2.2  As Anti-Epileptic Drugs (AEDs)

What? Aren’t seizures a side effect of antidepressants? Yes, but mainly for Wellbutrin, or if you’re taking way too much, or if you were unlucky in side effect lotto. SSRIs can actually help prevent seizures, although you certainly wouldn’t want to take one as your only AED. SSRIs may have a very specific, a potentially life-saving property when it comes to epilepsy:

Ictal respiratory dysfunction occurs in patients with epilepsy and may contribute to sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Fluoxetine reverses respiratory arrest in a mouse model of epilepsy, suggesting that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) may reduce ictal respiratory dysfunction. Video–electroencephalography (EEG) and pulse oximetry data from 496 seizures in 73 consecutive patients with partial epilepsy was reviewed, including 87 seizures in 16 patients taking SSRIs (SSRI+) and 409 seizures in 57 patients not taking SSRIs (SSRI)). The proportion of ictal-related oxygen desaturation <85% with partial seizures without secondary convulsions in SSRI+ patients was reduced relative to SSRI) patients (p = 0.011). There was no statistically significant difference in ictal oxygen desaturation for secondarily generalized convulsions. SSRIs are associated with reduced likelihood of ictal oxygen desaturation in patients with partial seizures. -- Serotonin reuptake inhibitors are associated with reduced severity of ictal hypoxemia in medically refractory partial epilepsy

In English: SSRIs can save your life by keeping you breathing when a seizure would otherwise cause you to suffocate because your brain hates you.1


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SSRI Overview and Topic Index | Why SSRIs are so popular, but are they right for you?
Antidepressant Topic Index

1 I have had up close and personal experience with this. Giving someone CPR in the midst of a flurry of seizures is just too much fun. Coming out of a seizure gasping for air is not to be missed either.
Since I have secondarily generalized seizures I'm not missing out on anything by not getting along with SSRIs.


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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.

2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.

3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?
[begin rant] I rent a dedicated server for Crazymeds. It’s sitting on a rack somewhere in Southern California along with a bunch of other servers that other people have rented. The hardware is identical, but no two machines have exactly the same operating systems. I don’t even need to see what is on any of the others to know this. If somebody got their server at the exact same time, with the exact same features as I did, I’m confident that there would be noticeable differences in some aspects of the operating systems. So what does this mean? For one thing it means that no two computers in the same office of a single company have the same operating system, and the techs can spend hours figuring out what the fuck the problem could be based on that alone. It also means that application software like IP board that runs the forum here has to have so many fucking user-configurable bells and whistles that even when I read the manual I can’t find every setting, or every location that every flag needs to be set in order for a feature to run the way I want it to run. And in the real world it means you can get an MBA not only with an emphasis on resource planning, but with an emphasis on using SAP - a piece of software so complex there are now college programs on how to use it. You might think, “But don’t people learn how to use Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator in college?” Sure, in order to create stuff. And in a way you’re creating stuff with SAP. But do you get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Photoshop?
Back in the Big Iron Age the operating systems were proprietary, and every computer that took up an entire room with a raised floor and HVAC system, and had less storage and processing power than an iPhone, had the same operating system as every other one, give or take a release level. But when a company bought application software like SAP, they also got the source code, which was usually documented and written in a way to make it easy to modify the hell out of it. Why? Because accounting principles may be the same the world over, and tax laws the same across each country and state, but no two companies have the same format for their reports, invoices, purchase orders and so forth. Standards existed and were universally ignored. If something went wrong it went wrong the same way for everyone, and was easy to track down. People didn’t need to take a college course to learn how to use a piece of software.
I’m not against the open source concept entirely. Back then all the programmers read the same magazines, so we all had the same homebrew utilities. We even had a forerunner of QR Code to scan the longer source code. Software vendors and computer manufacturers sponsored conventions so we could, among other things, swap recipes for such add-ons and utilities. While those things would make our lives easier, they had nothing to do with critical functions of the operating system. Unless badly implemented they would rarely cause key application software to crash and burn. Whereas today, with open source everything, who the hell knows what could be responsible some part of a system failing. [/end rant]

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