Benefits of Drugs for OCD
As stated above, these medications work by bringing balance to the serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a chemical that is responsible for transmitting nerve impulses. When serotonin levels are out of balance, there is believed to be a direct impact on a person’s mood. With the help of medications that target serotonin, balance can be achieved and a person’s mood improved. Typically when taking drugs for OCD, a person will have to wait for about 5-10 weeks before the medication has an effect. Obsessive thoughts will not completely stop, but the intensity of obsessive thoughts will be lessened (Wilson, 2010).
Since every person is unique in how they respond to certain medications, it may sometimes be necessary for an OCD sufferer to try several different drugs before finding the one that works best for them. To date, the FDA has approved clomipramine, fluvoxamine, and sertraline for children and adolescents with OCD, while fluoxetine and paroxetine are only approved for adults. Research is constantly providing us with further insights into the drugs used to treat OCD and how they can be improved.
As always, medical attention should be sought if any of the listed side effects are severe or are persistent. It is normal to experience some mild side effects while the body becomes accustomed to the medication, but it should not be to the point where it is bothersome and constant. It is also important that a person’s doctor is fully aware of any other medications that are taken, as there can be complications in mixing certain drugs.
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