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Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: Top Drugs That Work

Thursday, 03 Feb 2011 03:58 PM

Treating obsessive compulsive disorder requires a multi-faceted approach. As this neurological disorder is often caused by problems in the production of neurotransmitters, the most common method adopted in obsessive compulsive disorder treatment includes using drugs. Here are some of the medications involved:

1. Fluvoxamine: This is one of the leading drugs currently used in the treatment of obsessive compulsive disorder. This antidepressant is also an excellent anti-obsession agent. As all the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder are related to extremes of behavior, this pharmacological agent seems to hold a lot of promise. It may even aid doctors and researchers in formulating a cure for obsessive compulsive disorder.

2. SSRIs: Most drugs used in treating obsessive compulsive disorder belong to a class of drugs commonly referred to as Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors or SSRIs. Fluoxetine (Prozac), Fluvoxamine (Luvox), Setraline (Zoloft), Paroxetine (Paxil), and Citalopram (Celexa), all fall into this category.

Though these drugs cannot be considered a potential cure, they have the capacity to help people suffering from obsessive compulsive disorder cope with their condition.

3. Clomipramine (Anafranil) is one of the oldest and most well-researched drugs used for treating obsessive compulsive disorder. Research studies and medical analysis show that nearly eighty percent of patients taking this drug exhibited an overall reduction in symptoms associated with obsessive compulsive disorder.

All SSRI drugs used for treating obsessive compulsive disorder need to be administered only under the supervision of a doctor. The dosage is steadily increased depending on the condition of the patient and the severity of the symptoms of obsessive compulsive disorder. On average, these drugs prove to be beneficial in treating obsessive compulsive disorder when taken for a period of at least six months to a year. The most important pharmacological factor when using drugs for obsessive compulsive disorder treatments is that they must neither cause any kind of addiction nor generate symptoms of drug dependency.

A common feature that is observed in all the drugs used for obsessive compulsive disorder treatment is that though they are considered to be equally effective when studied under lab conditions, all drugs may or may not help each and every patient who is undergoing drug-based treatment.

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