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What is the difference between SSRIs and SNRIs?

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B. Mary

B. Mary

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B. Mary
B. Mary, Health Care manager, MHA(Master's In Healthcare Administration), Raleigh, North Carolina

Answered Dec 10, 2020

SNRI and SSRI are often confusing for a lot of people because they are often used for the same purpose. SSRI will have better efficacy as compared to the SNRI. This can be used to treat anxiety. There are also some people who are suffering from OCD who would need to use this.

SSRI is going to be more effective in blocking the reuptake of serotonin while SNRI will stop not only the reuptake of serotonin but also the reuptake of norepinephrine. Take note that taking these medications may sometimes cause some side effects. For example, those who have tried SSRIs have experienced gastrointestinal issues.

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Bergeront Tiffney

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Bergeront Tiffney, Computer Engineer, M. Tech, Southeast Montgomery

Answered Aug 04, 2020

SSRIs and SNRIs are medications that people can take for different purposes. The SSRI will be responsible for preventing the reuptake of serotonin. SNRI will also prevent the reuptake of serotonin, and it will also prevent the reuptake of norepinephrine.

Take note that these two hormones, serotonin, and norepinephrine, are needed by the brain so that they can send messages to other parts of the body. They are also referred to as neurotransmitters as they pass the messages from one nerve to another. If you needed to take any of the two in order to prevent anxiety, most people would recommend taking the SSRI as this may be more effective for the purpose that you want.

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