Lecture_20-Antidepressant Medications

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Description Antidepressant agents act by increasing the levels of excitatory neurostransmitters, or nerve cell chemicals that act as messengers in the brain's nervous system. In 2003, a report showed that in addition to treating depression, use of antidepressant drugs may protect the brain from damage depressive episodes cause to the hippocampus, the area of the brain involved in learning and memory. Antidepressant drugs may be prescribed as a first-line treatment for depression, or in conjunction with other methods of controlling depression, such as behavioral therapy and exercise. The main types of antidepressant drugs in use today are listed below, though the drugs available change frequently. For example, in mid-2003, the manufacturer of Wellbutrin released Wellbutrin XL, the only once-daily norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake inhibitor for treating depression in adults. tricyclic antidepressants, such as amitriptyline (Elavil), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor) selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs or serotonin boosters), such as fluoxetine
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This note was uploaded on 06/02/2011 for the course PHB 110 taught by Professor Shrank during the Spring '11 term at Moraine Valley Community College.

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