While medication for most people will result in a normal life for most sufferers, the possibility of side effects must be raised. These side effects are generally unintended ramifications linked to taking medication and can range from muscle weakness, sexual dysfunction, confusion and an upset stomach.
Let’s be realistic about the possibility of side effects. Without getting too technical, you should know that brain functions rely on neurotransmitters – chemicals that permit neurons (nerve cells) to ‘’talk’’ to each other.
It’s a logical step, therefore, to conclude that a medication that has been designed to have an influence on a neurotransmitter in one area of the brain’s circuits might also have a side effect of having an impact on an unrelated brain process. We mentioned serotonin a little earlier; this is a neurotransmitter that is thought to be a participant in many the areas of the brain that cause anxiety.
It’s a further logical step to conclude, that any medication that increases levels of serotonin levels in the brain, may also affect-say, the intestinal processes, because it plays a pivotal role in coordinating contraction of the muscles in the intestines, sometimes resulting in side effects that include diarrhea or indeed, constipation.
It should also be understood, that not one brain or indeed, body, are exactly alike and therefore, can react differently to medication. Therefore, a medication that works for one person may have adverse effects for another. This is why we said earlier, that patients must work with their doctor, as changes in prescription for individuals may be required to achieve the best result.
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