Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) balance brain chemicals called neurotransmitters. Balancing these brain chemicals can relieve symptoms of borderline personality disorder such as irritability, anger, impulsive behavior, and depression.
Some examples of SSRIs that may be used to treat borderline personality disorder are:
SSRIs are often the first medicine used to treat borderline personality disorder, because they often are effective and have few side effects.1
Side effects of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors include:
SSRIs can take several weeks to start working, although they may be effective sooner.
Never suddenly stop taking antidepressants. Many antidepressants should be tapered off slowly and only under the supervision of a doctor. Abruptly stopping antidepressant medicines can cause negative side effects or a return of symptoms of borderline personality disorder.
FDA Advisories. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued:
Last Revised: March 14, 2011
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