Pharmacological treatment of depression is often used to eliminate the following problems:
- Depression, melancholy or irritability;
- Various pains;
- Problems with sleep or appetite;
- Increased fatigue or loss of strength;
- Difficulty concentrating or memorizing;
- Loss of interest in studies;
- Nervousness or a feeling of tension;
- Anxiety attacks.
The seriousness of depression as a disease lies in the fact that it is very widespread and can lead to the lost ability to work. There are various types of treatments that reduce the duration of depression and lower the level of anxiety.
Depression often occurs against the backdrop of various life stresses, changes in place of residence, problems in family and married life, difficulties at work, etc. Also, it can be associated with medical problems or with the presence of a chronic physical illness, especially accompanied by severe pain.
Mechanism of Action of Antidepressants
Both life stress and health problems can lead to imbalances in the metabolism of neurotransmitters in the nervous system. The result of this chemical imbalance often comes as symptoms of depression, such as sleep or appetite disorders, loss of strength, difficulty concentrating and chronic pain. Antidepressants restore the normal balance of chemicals and, therefore, eliminate some of the listed symptoms. Tramadol is usually used as a pain reliever, but as this is medication from the opiate group, it has some antidepressant action as well.
Depressive disorders can be presented in the form of a cycle that includes certain thoughts, behaviors, feelings and physical symptoms. For each patient, this cycle has its own characteristics. However, no matter how this painful cycle proceeds, it can be interrupted with the help of Tramadol, its symptoms can be eliminated and depression cured.
Treatment with Tramadol or other antidepressants helps eliminate pain and fatigue, restore sleep and energy. When you feel rested and energetic, it’s easier for you to cope with depression and anxiety. When you get involved in activities that are pleasant for you and do things that bring you a sense of satisfaction, you begin treating yourself and your future more optimistically.
General Information about Tramadol
It has a strong analgesic activity, gives a quick and lasting effect. Tramadol is not that active as morphine at equal doses. It is applied when there is severe acute and chronic pain: in the postoperative period, after injuries, for cancer patients, etc., as well as before surgery. The drug should not be used for mild pain.
Tramadol is relatively well-tolerated and does not cause severe respiratory depression in normal doses. Usually it is prescribed in such dosage, which doesn’t affect blood circulation and gastrointestinal tract significantly. However, it may cause nausea, vomiting, dizziness and sweating. The medicine cannot be prescribed for:
- Patients with acute alcohol intoxication (poisoning);
- Patients with hypersensitivity to narcotic analgesics;
- Patients who are taking MAO inhibitors.
The drug should not be used for a long period of time (to avoid addiction / weakening or lack of effect with prolonged repeated use). Hence, to effectively use Tramadol or any other medication for treatment of depression and anxiety, it is extremely important to consult a healthcare provider.