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Tinnitus Could Be Worsened by These Antidepressants

In a new warning on selective-serotonin repuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), Medical News Today reports that this class of antidepressants may make tinnitus worse, if you’re one of the 45 million who suffer from the condition. Tinnitus, a constant sensation of hearing whistling or hissing noises in your ears, is often accompanied by feelings of depression, which makes taking SSRIs “a double-edged sword,” the news agency said.

Antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed class of medication other than antibiotics, taken by more than 1 in 10 Americans and, like it or not, they come with a depressing array of side effects, including a more than 30 percent increased risk of developing mania and bipolar disorder. What’s worse, while many assume that SSRIs are the best available treatment for symptoms of depression, in fact the difference between antidepressants and placebo pills is very small — and both are ineffective for most depressed patients.

If this makes you feel depressed about antidepressants, know that an uplifting and drug-free method of reducing symptoms of depression is at your fingertips. Studies have shown that feeding and/or reseeding your gut microbiome can have a powerful impact on your brain, as depression is often found alongside gastrointestinal inflammation — so much so that some researchers say depression may actually be a neuropsychiatric manifestation of a chronic inflammatory syndrome.

You can positively manipulate your gut microbiota by eliminating sugars from your diet and eating fermented foods such as lassi, kefir, natto and other fermented vegetables. Previous research has also demonstrated that probiotics have the power to alter your brain function, with the probiotic Lactobacillus rhamnosus having a marked effect on GABA levels, which ultimately lessen anxiety- and depression-related behaviors.
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