- What is an antidepressant medication?
- How do antidepressants work?
- How do selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) work?
- What are the side effects of SSRIs?
- What are examples of SSRIs?
- How do serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)? work
- What are the side effects and drug interactions for SNRIs?
- What are examples of SNRIs?
- What are examples and side effects of tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) medications?
- What are examples and side effects of monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) medications?
- What other antidepressants are available?
What are examples of SSRIs?
- citalopram (Celexa)
- escitalopram (Lexapro)
- fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem)
- fluvoxamine (Luvox)
- paroxetine (Paxil, Paxil CR, Pexeva)
- sertraline (Zoloft)
How do serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)? work
SNRIs are the newest class of antidepressants. SNRIs work by increasing the levels of serotonin and norepinephrine that are active in the brain. Serotonin and norepinephrine are produced by nerves and released into the surrounding tissues where they can attach to nearby receptors on other nerves, thereby stimulating the other nerves. The released serotonin and norepinephrine then are taken up and released again by the nerves that produce them. SNRIs block the uptake ("reuptake") of the serotonin and norepinephrine so that more of the serotonin and norepinephrine are free in the tissues surrounding the nerves.
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