The Corpus Callosum

Selection of Antidepressants Pt. 5




A while back I started a series about the science and logic (and other
factors) involved in the selection of antidepressant medication.
 I suppose I could put in the pinks to the first four parts,
but anyone can use the search box in the left-hand sidebar to search
for “selection of antidepressants” to find them.  I suppose
when I am done I will go back to the first one and put in a list of
links to all the posts in the series. style="font-family: Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;">


The first four posts presented a top-down view, looking at the concepts
and principles used when choosing an antidepressant medication.
 A colleague reminded me recently that I never really finished
the series.



What I am going to do now, is to continue the series on the same topic,
but with a different perspective.  Rather than looking at the
abstract level, I will take each medication, one-by-one, and review the
properties of each that may be pertinent to the process of selection. style="font-family: Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif;">


In this, I plan to consider only those medications available in the
USA, and I am only going to consider the most basic form of each.
 That is, I am not going to go into the distinction between
immediate-release and controlled-release products, or the differences
between tablets, capsules and liquids, and I am only going to mention
one brand name for each chemical entity.  That is just to keep
things simple.



Here is the list:



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amitriptyline Elavil®
height="16">amoxapine Asendin®
height="16">bupropion Wellbutrin®
height="16">citalopram Celexa®
height="16">clomipramine Anafranil®
height="16">desipramine Norpramin®
height="16">doxepin Sinequan®
height="16">duloxetine Cymbalta®
escitalopram Lexapro®
height="16">fluoxetine Prozac®
height="16">fluvoxamine Luvox®
height="16">imipramine Tofranil®
height="16">isocarboxazid Marplan®
height="16">maprotiline Ludiomil®
height="16">mirtazapine Remeron®
height="16">nefazodone Serzone®
height="16">nortriptyline Pamelor®
height="16">paroxetine Paxil®
height="16">phenelzine Nardil®
height="16">protriptyline Vivactil®
height="16">selegiline Emsam®
height="16">sertraline Zoloft®
height="16">tranylcypromine Parnate®
height="16">trazodone Desyrel®
height="16">trimipramine Surmontil®
height="16">venlafaxine Effexor®

I’ll
start with the first one, then proceed alphabetically, by generic
name.

Comments

  1. #1 Charles Donovan
    March 31, 2007

    Antidepressants often cause substantial weight gain, obesity and Type II diabetes.

    The FDA was actually working on a Saturday. This is late breaking information, so I will keep this post short. Today, the FDA just approved a 2-in-one medicine to treat Type II diabetes.

    The tablet, called Janumet, combines a proprietary Merck drug with the older diabetes drug Metformin. Januva enhances the body�s own ability to lower blood sugar levels. It will be a life saver for many have Type II diabetes.

    People who suffer from depression are three times as likely to develop Type II diabetes. This new drug will change or save many lives.

    http://www.MyDepressionSpace.com

  2. #2 MTW
    April 1, 2007

    The comments section on scienceblogs is now a place to advertise for new medications? News to me.

  3. #3 Charles E. Donovan
    April 1, 2007

    Information fact: The first medical device based treatment for depression. Awareness of this treatment will change or save the lives of sufferers of severe depression.

    After 20+ years of chronic depression I was rescued by a new FDA approved treatment for depression called vagus nerve stimulation therapy.

    It is a 90-minute out-patient procedure, which is unrelated to brain surgery or ECT.

    This is not an ad. Consult with your psychiatrist as a prescription from an M.D. is required.

    Good luck to all and take good care of yourselves with lots of rest.

    Charlie
    http://www.MyDepressionSpace.com

  4. #4 Patrick P
    December 17, 2011

    “I suppose I could put in the pinks to the first four parts, but anyone can use the search box in the left-hand sidebar to search for “selection of antidepressants” to find them. I suppose when I am done I will go back to the first one and put in a list of links to all the posts in the series.”

    You should put the links in to the various parts because a lot of people won’t go to the trouble to look for the links on the sidebar(s). For instance, I “liked” a few of the posts, sending them to my Facebook page. I’m “liking” several of them so people will see all the links, unfortunately it makes me look rather obsessed about what is a rather concise article. Thanks ! -P