Depression and Diabetes
Depression Treatment With Diabetes continued...
Still another type of antidepressant commonly used in treating depression in diabetes are serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). These medications block the reabsorption of both serotonin and norepinephrine. Examples of this type of antidepressant are Effexor, Pristiq, Khedezla, Fetzima, and Cymbalta.
Both tricyclics and SSRIs have been associated with an increased risk of developing diabetes. This effect is more pronounced when both tricyclics and SRRIs are used together. The exact reason why the medications should increase the risk of developing diabetes is not clearly understood. Weight gain is commonly seen with the use of tricyclics and may be a factor.
Common side effects of tricyclic antidepressants include:
Common side effects of SSRI antidepressants include:
Common side effects of SNRI antidepressants include
These side effects of antidepressants often go away or become tolerable over time. To minimize the side effects, your doctor may prescribe a small dose of the medication and gradually build up to a higher dose. Side effects also vary with the specific antidepressant used; not every drug causes all of these side effects. Therefore, it may help to change to a different drug that is less likely to cause a particularly uncomfortable side effect if you are having problems.
Counseling, or psychotherapy, is also often beneficial for those suffering from depression. Meeting with a support group can also help.
The Outlook for Depression With Diabetes
The outlook for people with diabetes and depression who seek treatment is very promising. By working with your doctor or a qualified and experienced mental health care professional, you can regain control of your life.