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Why do Antidepressants Cause Side Effects
in Some People and Not in Others?

Why do Antidepressants Cause Side Effects
in Some People and Not in Others?

by Kevin Caruso

A study conducted at the Stanford University Medical Center may help foster understanding as to why some people who take antidepressants experience side effects and others do not.

The researchers discovered a genetic marker that seems to be associated with the way in which people respond to antidepressants.

The genetic marker studied was a serotonin receptor known as 5HT2a.

Researchers found that patients with one variation of 5HT2a were much more likely to stop taking antidepressants because of side effects than patients with different variations of the same genetic marker.

Additionally, the researchers determined that a liver enzyme that helps break down antidepressants is not associated with causing side effects.

Hopefully, additional studies will yield results that will allow us to significantly reduce side effects in people who take antidepressants.

If you think that you may be suffering from depression, antidepressants may help you tremendously.

But whether you take antidepressants or not, please make appointments with a doctor and a therapist so you can be properly assessed and advised of possible treatments.

If you or someone you know is suicidal, please go to the Home Page of this website for immediate help.

Thank you.

I love you.

Take care,

Kevin Caruso

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