Our expert says:
OK, as these are prescription-only drugs, no doctor should prescribe them for you without explaining the difference and why he/she chose either of them specifically for you.
Remember, ALL antidepressants suit and work well with only around 70 % of those who take them, as our internal brain chemistry and the chemical and biological nature of our individual depressions make i hard to predict which drug would best suit which of us.
A number of different brain chemicals are involved in each depression, and the antidepressants vary as to which of these they primarily effect.
An SSRI for instance ( such as prozac ) is a Selective Serotonin Re-Uptake Inhibitor - it enables the serotonin in the relevant parts of the brain to be more effective, by reducing the extent or speed by which it is taken back up into the nerve cells, enabling it to be more effective at the relevant nerve endings.
An SNRI is a re-uptake inhibitor of Serotonin AND of Noradrenaline
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