The Vicious Cycle of Antidepressant Drugs and Acne

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The Vicious Cycle of Antidepressant Drugs and Acne

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For a few years now, the use of antidepressants has been scrutinized due
to rumors that they cause acne. In more recent times, acne medication
has also taken the blame for having the side effect of causing short-term
depression. For the time being, the medical community is warning against
taking both types of drugs at the same time without doctor's supervision.


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In today's world, depression ought to be a major concern. Thousands are
reported to suffer from the problem. Potentially thousands more cases of
depression are going by unreported and untreated. The fact that sales of
antidepressant drugs are fairly consistent serves as concrete proof that
the condition is a problem. It has become such a concern that most
organizations and systems designed to deal with suicide focus on spotting
people with depression, inadvertently ignoring other suicide triggers.
While antidepressant drugs are known to be effective in helping ward off
the symptoms, there are other things that people have to be concerned
over.

Acne is also a problem, though hardly one that is as large a concern as
depression ought to be. Unlike mental disorders, acne is easily spotted
because it has tell-tale physical signs that mark its presence. On their
own, these marks are relatively minor concerns at best and are
frustrating annoyances in most cases. However, it is the wide range of
side effects that acne can have that is considered to be the real
problem. With a myriad of social troubles in store for anyone that
develops acne, it is understandable that some would worry about their
physical appearance and social standing. This social isolation can result
in someone developing depression and turning to antidepressant drugs to
help dull the pain. However, depending on the drug, this might just
inadvertently make things worse.

For a few years, some antidepressant drugs have been cited as having the
side effect of causing acne. In this regard, zoloft is often cited as the
primary culprit. There is no concrete medical evidence of such, but there
has been more than adequate evidence to prompt various organizations to
conduct research. There is also enough evidence to convince some to avoid
taking zoloft and other chemically similar antidepressant drugs to avoid
developing acne.

There have also been reports of a sort of reversal of this problem
manifesting in some patients. In particular, some of the newer topical
drugs used to combat acne are being cited as having the side effect of
causing users to become depressed. Again, there is little actual chemical
evidence, but some pharmaceutical companies have conducted research into
the matter and have admitted that there is a possibility.
This puts people in a rather interesting situation. There have been some
reports of people with acne taking anti-acne medication and becoming
depressed, even as the acne fades. One possibility that might occur from
this can result in a patient continually taking antidepressants to combat
his depression, which are caused by acne that are the side effect of the
very same antidepressants he's taking in the first place. While the
chances of something of that sort happening are relatively low, it can
still happen and most of the medical community would rather not have to
deal with such a bizarre outcome.

There have also been reports of patients with depression developing acne
after being treated with certain antidepressant drugs. These cases have
not been directly related to either acne medication or antidepressant
drugs, but there are some that believe they've found chemical evidence
hinting towards a connection. For the time being, however, the medical
community is still skeptical. There are warnings against taking anti-acne
and antidepressants at the same time, but this is only as a precaution
until concrete evidence one way or the other can be determined.

				
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