June 15, 2015

Zoloft vs Prozac

Pills drugs whiteZoloft and Prozac are drugs that fall into the group of anti-depressants. While they work similarly, there are some individual differences that you should take note of. For instance, Prozac comes available as a tablet or liquid, while Zoloft comes as a concentrated solution that needs to be mixed with liquid before consumption. In the following sections, we’ll learn more about how these two anti-depressants differ.


Both Prozac and Zoloft should be taken as prescribed by your doctor. They work best when taken daily, and because of their delayed response time, it may be up to a month before their effects actually start to kick in. Both medicines should also be stored at room temperature, as well as be kept away from heat and moisture.

Tablet Form

Zoloft should be consumed with an ample amount of water, and can be taken with our without food. When taking Prozac, it is imperative that you don’t chew, open, or brake the pill with your teeth upon swallowing. This is because the pill is designed to digest and breakdown slowly in your body. Breaking the pill would force too much of the drug into your system at one time.

Liquid Form

Both Zoloft and Prozac come available in a liquid solution. However, it is important to note that Prozac can be taken as is while Zoloft must be mixed thoroughly into another liquid before digestion. A single dose of Zoloft should be mixed with a minimum of four ounces of water or orange juice. Both drugs should never be taken with alcohol.

Common Side Effects

As with most anti-depressants, both Zoloft and Prozac come with their fair share of side effects. However, few of these are actually life-threatening, and can be avoided if you follow the directions given to you by your doctor or primary physician. Some of the more common side effects include allergic reactions such as skin rashes, swelling in the lips, face, or tongue, and even difficulty breathing.

There are more serious side effects, however, that you should become aware of. These can include radical changes in your mood, panic attacks, anxiety attacks, trouble sleeping, an overwhelming feeling of restlessness, hyperactivity, and even frequent suicidal thoughts. In rarer cases, you may experience an even greater amount of depression accompanied by aggression or hostility.

When Should Medical Assistance Be Sought?

Keep in mind that medical help should be sought after should you experience worsening symptoms including the following:

  • – Seizures or convulsions
  • – Shivering, tremors, or stiffness in the muscles
  • – Problems maintaining coordination or balance
  • – Confusion, sweating, fast heartbeat, or quickly-triggered agitation

Other less serious side effects that you may experience are changes in appetite, difficulty having an orgasm, a decreased sex drive, and occasional nausea accompanied by drowsiness. Sore  throat, headaches, flu symptoms, changes in weight, and red blisters around the mouth have also been seen in both drugs.


Remember that both drugs should be taken in accordance to what was originally prescribed from your doctor. Otherwise, more serious side effects can occur.

January 27, 2011

Am I Suffering from Depression?

Most people experience depression at one point in their lives. In the United States alone, approximately 20 million people are suffering from depression. Depression affects people of all ages from children to the elderly. Women, however, are at the highest risk of developing depression.

It can sometimes be difficult to identify depression as it progressively gets worse. If you have gone through the below mentioned depression symptoms for at least two weeks, seek attention immediately.

• Always feeling sad and/or hopeless.
• Constantly crying.
• Not being able to sleep
• Sleeping too much
Mood swings
• Inability to concentrate
• No longer enjoy the things you used to enjoy (ie: hobbies)
• Suicidal thoughts

There is an infinite amount of reasons as to why depression occurs. Here is a general list of what puts you at a greater risk of developing depression in comparison to others.

• Have experienced depression in the past
• Have a family member that is or has gone through depression
• Consumption of too much alcohol
• Use of drugs
• Suffer from one or more chronic medical conditions
• Take prescribed medication
• Stress

If you or someone you know is suffering from depression it is important to contact a health care professional. They can provide help for depression by assessing the situation. There are also many different kinds of medications for depression available.

July 12, 2010

Depression and Suicide Awareness

The third leading cause of death in the United States is suicide. Depression is the second most common illness. Depression and suicide are related the majority of the time. There are cases where depressed people aren’t suicidal, and suicidal people aren’t depressed. Suicide comes with various warning signs, some of which are severe symptoms of depression.

Neglecting appearance is a sign that the person no longer cares. This may show in untidy hair, clothing that is mix matched, or looks like it’s been worn for days and there will be other noticeable signs.

Loss in interest is another sign. When it seems the person doesn’t care about the usual things this may be a sign of extreme depression.

Talking about suicide is a cry for help. For every suicide there are 30 to 50 attempts. If someone you love is talking about suicide speak with a professional and take a step in the right direction.

If it looks like things are coming to an end. For example, setting up a will, giving away possessions, and visiting people he/she cares about are possibly signs pointing to a potential suicide.

A decrease in school achievement may be noticeable in adolescents and children. In older people a decrease in work performance may be noticeable. There may be a noticeable lack of interest in general, as well as a lack of interest in his/her usual favorite things.

Alcohol and drug use that doesn’t seem to have a specific reason or onset can be a warning of suicide. Other behavioral problems include changes in friendships, sexual promiscuity, changes in eating and sleeping habits, withdrawal from family and former friends, skipping school, and running away from home.

Since 1970 the suicide rate in teens has tripled. With appropriate healthcare and diagnosis of depression and your help getting the victims the appropriate help they cannot find themselves, out of fear, or other reasons, hopefully we can reduce the number of suicides happening.


March 12, 2010

6 Ways to Recognize Depression

Learning to recognize signs of depression in yourself and others you are close to is the first step to overcoming depression.

1. Avoiding socialization – When people begin to draw away from their families and friends and spend more time alone this may be a sign of depression.

2. Lack of sleep (Insomnia) – Do you toss and turn every night, and find it difficult to fall asleep? Does someone you know get increasingly darker bags under their eyes? Do you have trouble getting out of bed each morning? Are you lacking motivation? This could mean you, or they are suffering from depression.

3. Consuming more alcohol – When the 5 o’clock happy hour becomes more frequent or turns into 3 o’clock or 2 o’clock this can be a sign that someone has a problem with depression.

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4. Eating habits change – If you notice a lack of appetite or unhealthy food choices in you or someone you are close to this should concern you as it may be a sign of depression. Either a major increase or a significant decrease in one’s weight can also be an indication that a person if affected by depression.

5. Worthless feeling or thoughts of harming yourself or suicide – This is the strongest sign of depression. An extreme change in ones emotion and behavior is most commonly a sign of a change in mental state and commonly this is depression.

6. Increased irritability – Being easily annoyed or irritated may just be a common thing in your personality, or can be caused by raging hormones in teenagers, but may also be a sign of depression, especially when accompanied by other symptoms or signals of depression.

Millions of people are diagnosed with depression each year. Small changes to your lifestyle can change, improve, and lesson the symptoms that you or someone you are close to could be dealing with. Contact a doctor as they can help lead you on a path to triumphant treatment.