Is Anti-Depressant Medicine Covered By BPJS?

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Hello, I want to ask 2 questions about anti-depressant drugs, namely: Is the drug covered by BPJS or Askes? Then, does the anti-depressant drug include serotonin enhancer? Or is there a drug that increases serotonin itself, if so what is the name of the medicine? Thank you

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Hello. Thank you for the question submitted to HealthReplies.com. We can understand the concern you feel.


Antidepressant drugs are useful drugs for dealing with mental depression. Another use is to overcome anxiety conditions.


In general, there are 3 generations of antidepressants, namely first, second and third generation antidepressants. Second-generation antidepressants are associated with serotonin performance. The second generation of antidepressants is known as the SSRI group (serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors). The way it works is specifically to inhibit the uptake of serotonin. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter (a chemical that plays a role in nerve signaling) that plays a role in many things, including mood. By reducing the uptake of serotonin by the cells that release it, SSRIs make serotonin available in the brain to "communicate" with other cells. Research shows that low serotonin levels are associated with depression. Therefore, by maintaining available serotonin levels, SSRIs can be useful as antidepressants, without the need for the addition of serotonin from outside the body.


The use of antidepressant drugs is covered by BPJS Health as long as according to medical indications and by prescribing by doctors. Do not hesitate to consult a doctor or a psychiatric specialist if you have a complaint regarding a psychiatric problem.


To enrich insight, you can read articles about antidepressant drugs. Thus information from us. Hopefully always healthy. May be useful.

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