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SSRI and Polysaccharides

In recent years, new supplements have become available for people seeking optimal health or relief from disorders such as depression. Polysaccharides have shown promise for many users in promoting overall health and for treatment of specific disorders. Many people suffering from depression may wish to pursue additional treatment options which focus on their symptoms.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, also known as SSRIs, are a fairly new type of antidepressant medications. When Prozac first entered the marketplace in 1987 it made a huge impact. The realm of serotonin SSRI treatment has become more crowded over the past 20 years and other known products include Celexa, Lexapro, Paxil and Zoloft.


When a Temporary Mood Becomes Depression

Depression is typically a term relating to one's mood. A downturn in mood, which may be relatively transitory and could be touched-off by something trivial, is typically referred to as momentary depression. Clinical depression is marked by symptoms that last for two weeks or more and carry effects that are severe enough to interfere with daily living. In the psychiatric field, depression can also refer to a mental illness that is so challenging as to warrant a diagnosis. Situational depression, based on a specific life occurrence can lead to either type of depression.

Interestingly enough, there are several medicines, the SSRIs, apparently able to treat depression, and yet the medical, pharmacological and psychiatric fields will all disclose that they still have questions about how SSRIs affect depression. The focus on treatments has to do with neurotransmitters, as there is substantial research indicating that mood is tied in to these chemicals found in the brain.


Bridging the Gap With Neurotransmitters

The human brain has about 10 billion brain cells and each brain cell can have as many as 25,000 connections with other cells. Messages, which direct many functions throughout your body, travel through the brain from cell to cell, through these connections. In order for these signals to move from a sending cell to a receiving cell, they must cross a small gap called the synapse.

At the end, or tips, of the sending cells there are chemicals called neurotransmitters that help the signal cross this gap. Serotonin is one such neurotransmitter, a very important one that helps regulate mood, emotions and other body functions. After the serotonin has done its job, it is reabsorbed by the sending cell and is soon back in position to help with the next nerve signal.

By blocking the reabsorption of the serotonin, SSRIs are able to prevent and relieve symptoms of depression. This is the reason behind the "selective" portion the overall title of the drug class, 'selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors'. There are other neurotransmitters not affected by this process.


Regulation of Serotonin Shows Promise

When the serotonin is not accepted by the nerve cell (in a process known as reuptake), it will most often remain in that synaptic gap between two cells where it can continue to assist with the process of neurotransmission. The data that supports this is not staggering, yet it is fairly convincing; 60% of those treated with SSRIs report improvements in mood. The appropriate SSRI option will be either an extended release formulation or a controlled release version. The benefits of the controlled release (CR) option is that a single dose will serve for a day or even a week. This form of medicine releases a prescribe does into your body at a given time. This can eliminate part of the risk of forgetting to take a dose.

Whether addressing specific disorders such as anxiety or pursuing overall health, Polysaccharides and SSRI supplements can be an integral part of a comprehensive treatment strategy. Consulting a physician will insure proper dosage and highlight any possible drug interactions.

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