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OCD Medication

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OCD Medication 

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      Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is caused by a combination of factors including genetics and environment. It is a disorder that should be taken seriously. Medication and therapy can control OCD. One of the most helpful medications for this disorder are the SSRI’s or Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors. They work by inhibiting the reuptake of the neurotransmitter serotonin. These medications are usually tried first because they are easier for most people to tolerate. However, there is another group of drugs on the market called SNRI’S or serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake Inhibitors. These medications have not been proven to be as effective for OCD though. Below is a list of some of the SSRI’s and SNRI’s available today for OCD along with some side effects too.

FDA Approved 

  • Fluoxetine (Prozac)
  • Sertraline (Zoloft)
  • Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
  • Paroxetine (Paxil)

Not FDA Approved

  • Venlafaxine (Effexor)
  • Duloxetine (Cymbalta)
  • Antidepressants 
  • SNRI's

Some Side effects

  • Nervousness
  • Insomnia 
  • Nausea 
  • Restlessness
  • Diarrhea

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OCD medication can be helpful when used properly as prescribed. Only use these drugs if prescribed and monitored by a doctor. Again it cannot be stressed enough, the drugs should be monitored by a doctor. These drugs alter neurotransmitters in the brain which can effect the way people think and behave. In other words these medications should not be abused. *Consult with your doctor about using these drugs*

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*Psychology Today. 2020.  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Retrieved from

*WebMD. 2020. Treatments for OCD. Retrieved from

*Mayo Clinic 2020. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. Retrieved from



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