effects of depressants

Anti Depressant & Stroke

by The Anti Depression Team on


Unlike older antidepressants, newer drugs such as Selective Serotonin Re-uptake Inhibitors (SSRI) may be as effective in battling against effects of depressants albeit risk of strokes occurring remaining almost the same for females.

The effects of depressants such as alcohol and tranquillizers culminate and contribute to  depression. The latter is often linked to higher risk of heart problems and strokes, especially when older antidepressants are taken.



For post-menopausal females battling with the consequences of anti depressants, a study which stretched over six years revealed that those who took antidepressants had higher risk of suffering strokes as compared to those who did not. While both tricyclic antidepressants and SSRIs increase the risks of strokes and death, the overall risk contributed by the latter is still considered low.

Therefore, while medication alleviates the impact of depressants, it is the responsibility of both medical staff and patient to pay attention to the potential risk caused by antidepressants. In certain cases, personal drug designing may be required to enable patients to fight against effects of depressants more effectively.



In a research conducted by the Scottish Health Survey to investigate how medication affects the aftermath of depressants, candidates with no known history of heart problems took SSRIs, tricyclic antidepressants and other types of antidepressant medication.

The results obtained in 1995, 1998 and 2003 revealed that 1434 of the candidates developed heart problems. However, due to loopholes in the way the research was executed, the results is debatable. A conclusion cannot be made if the medication enhanced the impact of depressants or if the candidates themselves had certain risk factors to begin with.

Anti Depressant & Personality

by The Anti Depression Team on

It is believed that antidepressants may very well influence one’s personality. Nonetheless, one’s genetic make-up play a role too.

The uptake of serotonin neurotransmitter enhances the impact of depressants. As such, SSRIs target the uptake of serotonin in order to alleviate symptoms caused by depressants. By inhibiting the uptake of serotonin, it also cause one to become more outgoing.

In another placebo-controlled trial, patients were also better to counter the effects of depressants. Similarly, a group of 120 people with severe depression who took antidepressants also displayed milder impacts caused by depressants thereafter.

Thus, SSRIs may be able to mitigate the harm caused by depressants in the near future albeit arguments that this will only be significant for patients with severe depression. Nonetheless, it is imperative to take note that between SSRIs and older antidepressants, the former had less effects compared to the latter.

Whatever the case is, SSRIs are seemingly the next best bet against depressants.