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Major Depression Disorder

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Amanda Josephson

on 6 November 2016

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Transcript of Major Depression Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder(MDD): What is it?
-Exact causes are unknown
-Likely caused by genetics or hormonal imbalances
- Most individuals with MDD have low serotonin levels
Major Depression
By: Amanda Josephson and Swashna Pillay

What does a SSRI do?
-Blocks the chemical serotonin from being absorbed by brain cells
- Doing so increases the levels of serotonin in the brain, easing depression in most individuals

Types of SSRI's
Two common drugs used for the treatment of major depression are:
-Paxil (paroxetine HCL)
-Prozac (fluoxetine HCL)
Paxil (paroxetine HCL)
- SSRI drug used for treatment of MDD
- one of most common drugs used
- Not suitable for children ages 0-17
- Only SSRI FDA approved for treatment of 5 disorders
-formula is C19H20FNO3
Side effects of Paxil:
Vision changes
Weight loss or gain
Weakness and drowsiness
Sweating, anxiety
Loss of appetite
Dry mouth, yawning
Decreased sex drive or impotence
life threatening birth defects in mothers taking Paxil
Advantages of Paxil:
Very efficient in treatment
Only SSRI FDA approved for 5 disorder treatments
Long-term tolerability
Comes in 10, 20, 30, 40 mg tablets

Treatment for MDD:
-Most effective treatments include the use of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRI's)
Disadvantages of Paxil
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