What is Prozac and How Does it Work?
There is mounting evidence suggesting individuals withdepression have an imbalance of the brain's neurotransmitters, primarilyserotonin, norepinephrine and dopamine. These chemicals allow nerve cellsin the brain to communicate with each other.
This medication may help to correct this imbalance by increasing the brain's ownsupply of serotonin.
Prozac is known as a SSRI (Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor). Tryto say that 6 times quickly!
Many scientists believe that this antidepressant works by blocking
the action of the serotonin uptake pump. You say, "What isthat?"
Here you go...
When serotonin is released from the "sending" nervecell,
some of it is reabsorbed by an uptake pump. By blocking the
serotonin uptake pump, Prozac increases the amount of active
serotonin that can be delivered to the "receiving" nerve cell.
This may help message transmission return to normal.
In a nutshell, Prozac is believed to trap serotonin betweennerve cells. This pooling effect builds up the amount of serotonin,thereby elevating mood levels.
Notice my words, "trapped," because Prozac, nor anyother SSRI actually create serotonin like most people mistakenly believe. They each simply have different ways of pooling existing resources of differenthormones related to depression.
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