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What are selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)?

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are of a group of drugs that affect the way the brain works. SSRIs affect how much of a specific neurotransmitter (brain chemical) called serotonin is present between the brain cells. Neurotransmitters communicate messages between brain cells. When too much serotonin is removed from between the brain cells, the communication does not work normally. As a result, problems arise. These problems include depression, panic, anxiet, or obsessive-compulsive symptoms. SSRIs prevent serotonin from being removed from the space between brain cells.

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