Do Drug Treatments Work?

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Do Drug Treatments Work?


Most drug treatments are very effective in relieving frightening and distressing symptoms for many people, enabling them to manage day-to-day life more easily.

Drug treatments do not work for everybody though, and individuals can respond differently to the same drug treatments. 

What about side effects?

Unfortunately, most psychotherapeutic drugs have some unwanted side effects.

Side effects vary between individuals and dosages taken.

A drug treatment is still effective if the improvements to an individual's life outweigh the side effects.

In the table coming up next, click on the categories of drugs to reveal some of the side effects.

Medication:Some possible side effects:
Anti-psychotic medicationCan be fairly mild (tiredness, sleepiness) or more serious spasms, shuffling gait, slow speech and tardive dyskinesia. More severe side effects are associated with long-term, high dose medication.

Tricylic drugs

(Anti-depressant medication)

Common side effects are blurred vision, dry mouth, weight gain, constipation and decreased interest in sex.

SSRIs (selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors)

(Anti-depressant medication)

Digestive problems, headaches, insomnia and vivid dreams.

MAOIs (monamine oxidase inhibitors)

(Anti-depressant medication)

React very badly with some other drugs and foods e.g. cold remedies, cheese, 'Marmite' and red wine. This reaction can be life- threatening - special dietary rules have to be followed.
Anti-anxiety medicationsSerious and possibly life-threatening reactions if mixing benzodiazepines with alcohol or some other medicines. Possible dependence if used long-term and withdrawal reactions if stopped suddenly.

Always Remember: Never take prescription drugs that have not been prescribed for you!

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