SSRIs: In a Nutshell (Nursing)

by Prof. Lawes

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    00:00 So let's wrap up this video series.

    00:03 Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, the SSRIs, increase circulating serotonin in the synapses.

    00:10 They do this by blocking the reuptake of serotonin into the neuron.

    00:15 So serotonin is a neurotransmitter. Now we believe it to help regulate a lot of things.

    00:20 Look, mood, social behavior, appetite, digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire and function.

    00:27 Antidepressants may increase suicidal tendency early in the treatment so remember to ask your patients those tough questions and be on the lookout for signs of increasing depression.

    00:38 Prescription should be the smallest number of doses and smallest size dose possible that's effective for your patient.

    00:46 Some patients on SSRIs can develop serotonin syndrome.

    00:51 Remember, that can be a life threatening autonomic instability.

    00:56 And lastly, if SSRIs are not effective treatment for depression, the health care provider may consider serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors or a norepinephrine-dopamine reuptake inhibitor.

    01:11 Thank you for watching our video today.

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    The lecture SSRIs: In a Nutshell (Nursing) by Prof. Lawes is from the course Central Nervous System (CNS) Medications (Nursing).

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    1. The client may develop serotonin syndrome.
    2. Increased suicidal thoughts early in the treatment.
    3. The client may need counseling.
    4. A higher dose should be prescribed in suicidal clients.
    5. It can be used to manage autonomic instability.

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     Prof. Lawes

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