Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) are antidepressants that affect the levels of serotonin, a neurotransmitter, in the brain. SSRIs are often the first choice of health care providers for the treatment of depression and anxiety. That class of medicines affect a chemical imbalance in the brain of people suffering from anxiety and other disorders. The SSRIs include citalopram (Celexa), escitalopram (Lexapro), fluoxetine (Prozac), fluvoxamine (Luvox), fluvoxamine CR (Luvox CR), paroxetine (Paxil), paroxetine CR (Paxil CR), and sertraline (Zoloft).
According to statistics, SSRIs and other antidepressants have been prescribed with greater frequency over the last several years. The use of these drugs in the United States is approximately three times that of other Western countries.
Many people stop taking their SSRIs for various reasons. But if you stop your medication, you’re supposed to do so very gradually. If you don’t, you can suffer major side effects. And, if you’ve been arrested for DUI after stopping treatment with an SSRI, you may be able to show your behavior and conduct at the time of your arrest were not due to impairment by alcohol, but rather by a phenomenon termed “SSRI Withdrawal Syndrome.” Continue reading