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Prozac is an antidepressant that was developed in the 1970’s, and is the basis for how many modern antidepressants work. Prozac was the first drug that specifically was designed to impact the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in the brain (also known as the SSRIs). Because of this, Prozac has proven to be an effective mood enhancing drug that can be used to battle depression and anxiety disorders. However, while Prozac is effective in treating symptoms of specific mental disorders, it is dangerous to abuse any mood altering substance.
Difference with prescription painkillers
It is important to note that Prozac should not be lumped in with the prescription painkillers that are frequently associated with the rising opioid epidemic. Namely, Prozac isn’t an opioid, and is used to a different purpose than drugs like OxyContin and Percocet. Indeed, unlike those drugs, Prozac isn’t a physically addictive substance, and is far less dangerous than so many other prescription medications on the market, today. However, a person can still develop a mental addiction to Prozac, and can come to need the effects that it has on the brain. Addiction is a complex disease, and there are many different ways that it can manifest in a person.
Physical effects of Prozac addiction
If a person is abusing Prozac, or taking it by using an unconventional method, such as inhalation, then there are several physical effects that they might suffer from. Some of these issues may also occur if a person stops using Prozac, suddenly. Here are the following physical effects of prozac abuse:
An irregular heartbeat, or other cardiovascular problems
An increase in irritability, and constant agitation that only subsides with Prozac use
A feeling of apathy and inability to feel emotion
Twitching nervous system
Hot and cold flashes
Sudden bursts of anxious energy
Mental effects of prozac addiction
Because Prozac is a mood altering substance, by design, it brings with it a host of mental effects that can occur if you abuse it. By taking Prozac irregularly, or taking too much, or stopping suddenly, you can throw off your brain chemistry. Here are some of the mental effects of prozac addiction:
Depressive thoughts, and an inability to feel pleasure without Prozac
Psychosis or other types of psychotic breakdowns
Increased anxiety and a sense of panic
A general feeling of hopelessness that can lead to suicidal thoughts
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