Sooner or later, modern man is faced with the need to purchase anti-depressive drugs used in the complex treatment of a depressed emotional state. Antidepressants are the most common prescription drug taken by older Americans. They are used to elevate mood, create a positive emotional background and ultimately relieve depression. But how to get such drugs? Do you need a prescription? And are there any antidepressants that are sold over the counter? You will find the answers in this article.
Can I buy antidepressants without a prescription?
According to the rules of supply of medicines in the USA, a prescription is required to get psychotropic drugs in pharmacies. And antidepressants are no exception. Therefore, theoretically, you cannot buy potent antidepressants without prescriptions. In practice, some pharmacists may turn a blind eye to the rules in the pursuit of profit, but this phenomenon cannot be taken for granted. And if you get medication without a prescription in one pharmacy, this does not mean that the other will have the same situation.
Only drugs for the treatment of mild depressive disorders can be purchased without a doctor’s prescription, such as “daytime” tranquilizers and herbal preparations. But in most cases, they can hardly be attributed to these antidepressants. It would be more correct to attribute them to the class of sedative drugs.
When do I need a prescription for antidepressants?
The dosage, the daily regimen of medication are determined by a doctor. Only a qualified specialist will be able to assess the true state of your psyche, accurately calculate and determine the doses of drugs. Compliance with the formulation in the treatment is one of the components of success in the fight against depression.
A prescription for the purchase of antidepressant drugs is needed in the following cases:
- exacerbation of the disease;
- treatment of severe forms of depression;
- atypical form of the disease.
In this situation, the doctor prescribes monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). These are potent antidepressant drugs, which are used in the case of the ineffectiveness of other types or with strong side effects.
The most effective drugs in the treatment of severe depression are moclobemide, phenelzine, isocarboxazid, and tranylcypromine. Phenelzine, isocarboxazid and tranylcypromine are time-tested drugs and they have many side effects. Moclobemide is a new-generation drug with faster exposure and fewer associated negative reactions.
Why is self-treatment of depression dangerous?
There are many factors to consider when treating depression: the patient’s state of health, the physiological parameters of his body, the type of the disease, other medications taken by the patient. Not every patient can analyze all the factors and choose medicine and its dosage in such a way that it would be useful and not bring harm. Only specialists – psychotherapists and neuropathologists with extensive practical experience – will be able to solve this problem and tell which antidepressants should be used by a particular patient. After all, the same medicine used by different people will lead to a complete cure in one case, in the other – it will not have any effect, in the third case – it can aggravate the situation.
Virtually even the safest drugs for depression can cause side effects. There are no potent drugs without side effects. The long-term uncontrolled use of drugs or exceeding the dosage is especially dangerous. In this case, the intoxication of the body with serotonin (serotonin syndrome) may occur, which can be fatal.
How to get a prescription for the drug?
If you think that you are depressed, it is recommended to consult a psychotherapist or a neurologist. Only this specialist can carefully evaluate your symptoms and prescribe the appropriate drug in your case.
Herbal remedies for depression
The most popular herbal preparations for mood elevation contain extracts of mint, chamomile, valerian, motherwort. But drugs containing St. John’s wort are the most effective herbal remedies for depression.
The mechanism of action of St. John’s wort is not yet precisely elucidated but scientists believe that the hypericin enzyme contained in it can accelerate the synthesis of norepinephrine from dopamine. Also, St. John’s wort also contains other substances that have a beneficial effect on the nervous system and other body systems – flavonoids, tannins, essential oils.
Hypericum preparations are light antidepressants. They will not help f you have severe forms of this disease. Nevertheless, the effectiveness of St. John’s wort in mild and moderate depressions was proved by serious clinical studies. In some respects, this remedy acts even better than the popular tricyclic drugs for depression and SSRIs. In addition, Hypericum preparations have a relatively small amount of side effects. They can be used by children aged 12 years and old. Keep in mind that Hypericum medication can cause photosensitization.
St. John’s wort-based medicines are sold without a prescription. Therefore, if you are looking for a remedy for depression that can be taken without a doctor’s prescription, then this class of drugs may be the best choice for you.
Be careful when choosing antidepressants!
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