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Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are a type of medicine used to treat mental health conditions.
Uses of SSRIs
The main use for selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) is treating depression
How SSRIs work
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) work by changing levels of a chemical called serotonin that is found in the brain
Things to consider
Advice on when selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) should be avoided.
When prescribing SSRIs for you, your GP will usually select the lowest possible dose that is thought to be needed to improve your symptoms
Side effects of SSRIs
SSRIs are usually started at a low dose, which is gradually increased over several weeks to help reduce side effects. Find out more about possible side effects.
Interactions with other medicines
When two or more medicines are taken at the same time, the effects of one can be altered by the other. This is known as a drug–drug interaction.