Definition of Antidepressant:

Literally, substances meant to oppose depressions or sadness, and generally heterocyclic types such as Elavil, MAO inhibitors like phenelzine, or lithium carbonate.  This category of substances formerly included stuff like amphetamines and other stimulants.  Botanical examples include Hypericum, Peganum and Oplopanax.

Also: Antidepressants

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(Prescription) Drug Side-Effects

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“...The most common culprits are cimetidine (for stomach problems), oral contraceptives, some antidepressant and other drugs for psychological problems, and domperidone (for nausea)...”

5-HIAA Urine test a treatment
“...avocado, walnuts, kiwi fruit, tomatoes, various cough medicines, muscle relaxing medicines, acetaminophen (Tylenol), caffeine, fluorouracil, iodine solutions, phenacetin, MOA inhibitors (certain antidepressant drugs), isoniazid and phenothiazine drugs (Compazine, Thorazine).”
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Alcohol-related Problems

...relationship to Multiple Vitamin Need
“...None of the subjects in either group took antidepressants or antianxiety drugs...”


...related topic
“...For example, antispasmodics, fever reducers, antidepressants, etc.”

American Skullcap a treatment
“...Skullcap is well worth using to aid withdrawal from orthodox tranquilizers and antidepressants, and is excellent when combined with hormone balancing herbs such as chaste tree or false unicorn root for PMS...”

Anorexia / Starvation Tendency

...recommendation Oatstraw
“A nerve tonic and antidepressant, it also relieves irritation of mucous membranes...”
...recommendation Wild Yam
“Wild yam is hormone balancing and an antidepressant.”
...recommendation Licorice Root
“Possesses antidepressant effects, and heals mucous membranes of the digestive tract.”

Antidepressants a treatment
“If you are suffering from major depression, antidepressant medication may relieve some of your symptoms...”


...recommendation Aerobic Exercise
“...Exercise may trigger a neurophysiological high that produces an antidepressant effect in some, an antianxiety effect in others, and a general sense of "feeling better" in most.”

Bipolar Disorder, Manic-Depressive

...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“People with this condition generally require life-long treatment with lithium or other drugs to control manic episodes, sometimes with antidepressants to control the depression...”

Chinese Skullcap a treatment
“...Examples include anticonvulsants, barbiturates, Xanax, Valium, treatments for insomnia, certain antidepressants, alcohol, valerian root, kava root, and catnip.”


...relationship to Low Serotonin Level
“...Antidepressant medications like Paxil, Zoloft, St. John's Wort, and Prozac work by preventing serotonin destruction and loss...”
...relationship to Effects of a Low Carbohydrate Diet
“...In fact, the way antidepressants like Prozac are purported to work is by increasing brain levels of serotonin...”
...recommendation Tryptophan / 5HTP
“...Conventional antidepressants work to increase neurotransmitter levels by blocking their breakdown...”
...recommendation L-Phenylalanine
“...D-phenylalanine (DPA) exerts antidepressant activity due to its metabolism to phenylethylamine (PEA)...”
...recommendation Calming / Stretching Exercises
“...Another study found that breathing exercises were as effective as an antidepressant drug for patients who were severely depressed, but less effective than electroconvulsive therapy (ECT).”
...recommendation Aerobic Exercise
“Researchers found that walking for 30 minutes each day quickly improved depressive symptoms faster than antidepressant drugs typically do...”
...recommendation DHEA
“...University of California San Francisco At the University of California, San Francisco, DHEA was given to people with depression to determine its antidepressant effects.  After 6 weeks, psychological tests indicated that about half the participants responded to DHEA therapy, with an overall enhancement of mood scores by over 30%...”


...relationship to (Prescription) Drug Side-Effects
“...Examples include blood pressure medications, sedatives, tranquilizers, antidepressants, pain relievers, some antibiotics...”

Dry Mouth

...relationship to (Prescription) Drug Side-Effects
“...Antihistamines, decongestants, painkillers, muscle relaxants, and antidepressants are among the drugs that can cause dry mouth...”

Ephedra (Ma Huang) a treatment
“...Individuals with heart conditions, high blood pressure or on MAO inhibitors (a class of antidepressants) should avoid the use of ephedra altogether...”

Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Impotence)

...the condition
“...Other drugs which are common causes of impotence include antihypertensives, diuretics, narcotics, antidepressants and tranquilizers...”

Excessive Sweating

...the condition
“...Some of the more useful medications include the anticholinergics (such as glycopyrrolate or atropine), some antihistamines, some antidepressants, and some of the tranquilizers...”


...the condition
“ gets blocked: an attack of acute glaucoma can be brought on by anything that causes the pupil to dilate, such as dim lighting, certain eye drops and some medications such as various types of antidepressant medicine.  Loss of vision initially affects only the extreme edges of one's field of view; if the raised pressure is not treated, the impairment of vision spreads and can cause blindness...”

Gotu Kola a treatment
“Alternative names: Centella, Indian Pennywort Also known as Gotu kola, centella has antiinflammatory, anticonvulsant, antidepressant and analgesic properties...”


...the condition
“...If your headaches occur daily and are diagnosed as being chronic tension type headache, your doctor may prescribe tricyclic antidepressants which have been shown to be useful in this condition and which may also be useful for any associated depression...”

Hyponatremia (Low Blood Sodium Level)

...the condition
“...Antidepressants; Old age...”
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Inositol a treatment
“...In a 1-month, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 28 patients with depression, inositol demonstrated therapeutic results similar to tricyclic antidepressants without the side-effects...”

Licorice Root a treatment
“...It possesses antidepressant effects, and heals mucous membranes of the digestive tract...”

Low Sex Drive

...recommendation Conventional Drug Avoidance
“The most common medications that put a damper on sex include antidepressants, which inhibit arousal and orgasm; anti-inflammatories, which also hamper orgasm; ulcer medications, which lessen desire; and birth control pills, which limit desire and decrease...”

L-Phenylalanine a treatment
“...L-Phenylalanine promotes alertness; reduces hunger pangs; improves memory; antidepressant; helps in controlling pain, particularly arthritis; used to help treat Parkinson's disease; alleviates PMS symptoms...”

L-Tyrosine a treatment
“...Tyrosine has been used as a natural antidepressant (monoamine levels at the synapse can affect mood), memory enhancer, and overall stimulant...”

Magnesium a treatment
“...Magnesium may increase the central nervous system depressant effects of alcohol, antidepressants, narcotics, anti-anxiety medications, barbiturates, sleeping medications, anti-psychotics and general anesthetics...”


...the condition
“...Antidepressants are an important and often overlooked treatment...”

Monoamine Oxidase

...related topic
“...MAO inhibitors are antidepressants that block the action of MAO, thus raising the levels of monoamine neurotransmitters such as norepinephrine, epinephrine, dopamine, and serotonin – which have significant effects on...”


...recommendation Conventional Drug Avoidance
“...myocarditis has been associated with the use of methyldopa, hydrochlorothiazide, ampicillin, furosemide, digoxin, tetracycline, aminophylline, phenytoin, benzodiazepines and tricyclic antidepressants...”


...the condition
“...REM sleep may appear in two or more naps in patients without narcolepsy if ... The patient is on REM-suppressing medications, such as antidepressants or stimulants...”
...recommendation GHB (Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate)
“...Importantly, GHB's anti-cataplectic effects are clearly mediated by a different mode of action when compared to those produced by antidepressant compounds...”

Night Sweats

...the condition
“...Hypothalamic lesions; Epilepsy; Strokes; Cerebral palsy; Migraine; Spinal cord infarction; Head injury; Familial dysautonomia; Anti-nausea medication used during pregnancy; Antidepressant/anti-anxiety medication; Birth control pills; Unfortunately, sometimes there doesn't seem to be a definitive cause...”

Oatstraw a treatment
“Oatstraw is a nerve tonic, antidepressant, and relieves irritation of mucous membranes...”

Poor Memory

...the condition
“...Many substances affect memory, including prescription drugs, such as sleeping pills and antidepressants, and chronic alcohol abuse...”

Premature Ejaculation

...recommendation Conventional Drug Use
“In the early 1990s, doctors noted that many depressed men refused to take their medications because it prevented them from reaching a climax, so they prescribed antidepressants, such as Anafranil, Paxil, Prozac or Zoloft to premature ejaculators, who then reported better performance...”

Premenstrual Syndrome

...the condition
“...Some of the more regularly prescribed medications include ... Antidepressants...”

Problems Caused By Being Overweight

...recommendation Tryptophan / 5HTP
“Although used chiefly as an antidepressant, preliminary evidence from three small double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trials suggests that 5-HTP may also help people lose weight...”

S-Adenosylmethionine (SAMe) a treatment
“...Additional studies have demonstrated its efficacy in treating depressed alcoholics when conventional antidepressants are ineffective...”

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)

...recommendation Sunlight Exposure
“...The antidepressant effects of light therapy are thought to be mediated through the eyes, not through skin exposure...”

Spinal Stenosis

...the condition
“...Medications used to treat the pain include pain relievers, opioids, seizure medications, antidepressants, and steroid injections which also reduce inflammation...”

St John's Wort a treatment
“...The extract of hypericum (hypericin) has shown a wide variety of effects including psychotropic and antidepressant.  It has been theorized that depression results from decreased serotonin levels in the brain...”

Tendency Toward Postpartum Depression

...the condition
“...If you take an antidepressant medicine, it will go into your breast milk...”

TMG (Trimethylglycine) a treatment
“...When methylation is working properly, homocysteine is quickly converted back to methionine which is then converted to SAMe (S-adenosylmethionine), which protects the liver and is a natural antidepressant.[3] SAMe then acts as a methyl donor for DNA: when attached to DNA, methyl groups appear protective, preventing mutated genes from expressing themselves...”

Tryptophan / 5HTP a treatment
“...Tryptophan has an antidepressant effect and is particularly effective against manic depression and depression associated with menopause...”

Urinary Retention

...the condition
“...worm infection) of the urinary tract; Cystitis (bladder inflammation); Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) or Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV) infection; Periurethral Abscess; Side-effects of antipsychotics, antidepressants, anticholinergics, amphetamines, opioids, anesthetics, NSAIDs, COX-2 inhibitors, antihistamines, alcohol, and other pharmaceutical drugs; Conditions affecting the autonomic or...”

Vaginal Dryness

...the condition
“...These include ... antidepressants, contraceptives, anti-acne medication or similar drugs...”

Wild Yam a treatment
“Wild yam is hormone balancing and an antidepressant.”
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