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Depression and Diabetes: Is There a Link?

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Serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) block the reabsorption of both serotonin and norepinephrine. Like SSRIs, they improve the way your brain sends and receives messages. Examples of this type of antidepressant are desvenlafaxine (Khedezla, Pristiq), duloxetine (Cymbalta), levomilnacipran (Fetzima), venlafaxine (Effexor)

Side effects for each type of antidepressant often go away or become easier to handle over time. To help out until you get used to the drug, your doctor may start you out on a small dose and slowly build up to a higher amount.

Antidepressants and Diabetes

These drugs have been linked to a higher risk of getting diabetes, it turns out. That's more likely when both tricyclics and SRRIs are used together. Doctors aren’t sure why this happens. But many people gain weight when they take tricyclics, so that may be a factor.

Talk It Out

Counseling, or psychotherapy, can also help manage depression. Meeting with a support group can be good for you, too. Talk to your doctor about where you can turn for more help.

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Reviewed by Michael Dansinger, MD on September 02, 2014
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