So let's wrap up this video series.
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, the SSRIs,
increase circulating serotonin in the synapses.
They do this by blocking the reuptake of serotonin into the neuron.
So serotonin is a neurotransmitter. Now we believe it to help regulate a lot of things.
Look, mood, social behavior, appetite, digestion, sleep, memory, and sexual desire and function.
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.
Prescription should be the smallest number of doses
and smallest size dose possible that's effective for your patient.
Some patients on SSRIs can develop serotonin syndrome.
Remember, that can be a life threatening autonomic instability.
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.
Thank you for watching our video today.