Vitamins May Relieve Depression, According to Studies
Posted on Dec 6 2011 at 03:31:53 PM in Medicine
Due to the various negative analysis regarding Zoloft, a number of patients are now finding safer ways to treat depression. The good news is that some vitamins may be effective alternatives for antidepressants. studies show. Included in the list are Omega-3, folates, SAMe (S-adenosyl-L-methionine) and St. John’s wort.
Dr. George Papakostas, an associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, says that “we always recommend that patients take these natural supplements under the care of a doctor and not independently.”
Vitamins: Reliable Alternatives in Treating Depression
There is growing evidence that omega-3 fatty acids, in addition to being good for the heart, may also play a role in relieving depression. In 2009, the American College of Nutrition journal published studies saying that the rate of depression is lesser where people follow an omega-3 fatty acid-rich diet such as tuna, salmon, sardines and mackerel.
Various studies have also shown that folates combined with antidepressants improved the effectiveness of the prescription drugs and have been known to reduce some side effects.
The American Journal of Psychiatry published a new study saying that SAMe is as helpful asan “add-on” treatment to antidepressant drugs in some people suffering from major depression
Furthermore, some research studies indicate that St. John’s wort can be used to ease depression better than a placebo. However, other studies show that the former is “a little more effective” than nothing at all.
Antidepressants Put Pregnant Women at Risk
A public health warning of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stated that:
“FDA is advising health care professionals to discuss the potential risk of birth defects with patients who are taking Zoloft and who plan to become pregnant or are in their first three months of pregnancy. Health care professionals should consider discontinuing Zoloft (andswitching to another antidepressant if indicated) in these patients. In some patients, the benefits of continuing Zoloft may be greater than the potential risk to the fetus. FDA is advising health care professionals avoid prescribing Zoloft in women who are in the first three months of pregnancy or who are planning pregnancy, unless other treatment options are not appropriate.”
Pfizer has been already charged with Zoloft lawsuit by the affected patients for the damages caused by the drug. Medical professionals say that it important to properly verify the type and timing of the medications prescribed for pregnant women as well as those who are planning to get pregnant soon. As this developed, the public should always see a doctor first before taking any medications to avoid complications.