Accurate Education – Antidepressants


The term “antidepressant,” as applied to medications used to treat depression, is somewhat of a misnomer due to the important fact that this class of medications is used as often, if not more often, to treat other conditions including chronic pain, anxiety and psychiatric conditions other than depression. It might be more accurate to describe this class of medications as “neuromodulators” because in fact they modulate the nervous system in ways that are effective for multiple conditions.


Anti-depression drugs, which increase serotonin and dopamine levels, include:


Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SRI)



Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRI’s):

    Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Lexapro, and Celexa


Serotonin  and Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRI’s):

   Cymbalta, Effexor, Savella


Tricylic Antidepressants (TCAs):

   Elavil, Doxepin, Desipramine, Imipramine


Monoamine Oxigenase inhibitors (MAOIs):

    Nardil, Parnate, Marplan and Emsam)


See also:


CAM – Depression



This page remains unfinished: an overview and summary of the articles below is forthcoming. In the meantime, please review the articles below.




  1. Antidepressants & Savella – Precautions
  2. SNRIs






Antidepressants for Anxiety

Antidepressants for Anxiety – Trazodone

  1. Antidepressants-for-the-treatment-of-generalized-anxiety-disorder-a-placebo-controlled-comparison-of-imipramine-trazodone-and-diazepam-pubmed-ncbi
  2. Trazodone-a-review-of-its-pharmacological-properties-and-therapeutic-use-in-depression-and-anxiety-1981
  3. Trazodone-in-the-treatment-of-panic-disorder-and-agoraphobia-with-panic-attacks-pubmed-ncbi


Antidepressants for Depression

Antidepressants for Depression – Trazodone

  1. Trazodone-a-review-of-its-pharmacological-properties-and-therapeutic-use-in-depression-and-anxiety-1981


Antidepressants for Pain


CAM Treatments for Depression


CAM AntidepressantsRhodiola Rosea

  1. Rhodiola Rosea

CAM AntidepressantsSt Johns Wort



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