Overdosing on any drug is potentially harmful to humans, but prescription antidepressant and anti-anxiety medication can be especially serious. If you carry antidepressants with you, or have a family member who takes them regularly, you should be aware of the symptoms of overdose, how to respond to overdose, and how to properly store and regulate medication to make sure that accidental overdose does not occur.
Symptoms Of Overdose
It is actually more typical than you may think for depressed individuals to use more medication than recommended by their prescription, often without intention to cause themselves harm. Overdose symptoms are acute-- they are the result of taking too many pills at once, resulting in immediate, life-threatening danger. Symptoms include:
First Aid Response
If you recognize the symptoms of antidepressant overdose, you need to act quickly in order to preserve the life of the victim. The chances of death from overdosing decrease dramatically if medical help is provided in a timely manner. In fact, if victims are able to make it to a health care facility, only 2-3% of cases result in fatality.
If the victim is still having active seizures, you will need to make sure he or she is stable until help arrives. Lay the person on a clear spot of ground on a comfortable mat if you have one. Remove glasses, jewelry, or any clothing can could lead to further injury. Never try to hold a victim down or prevent them from moving during a seizure. Keep the breathing passage clear by turning the person onto his or her side if possible. For the information of the medical professionals, you can time the seizures, especially if there is more than one.
Even though intentional overdoses do occur, accidental poisoning is a reality. Children, especially, will not know about the serious side effects of these medications. Therefore:
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