Category Archives: Antidepressants

Beyond Antidepressants: Prescribing Placebos

If the placebo effect in depression is so powerful, perhaps we should just prescribe inert placebos to depressed patients. They have been tested in thousands of clinical trials, they are the standard against which all other medications are evaluated, and they are safe enough to be taken by pregnant women, small children, the infirm and… Read More »

Beyond Antidepressants: Placebos Without Deception

When given in the guise of active medications, placebos can produce powerful effects, but how potent would they be if the patients knew they were taking placebos? Is it possible to produce a placebo effect without deception? In 1965, Lee Park and Lino Covi, two young psychiatrists at the Johns Hopkins University hospital, undertook a… Read More »

Fluoxetine 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg Capsules

Fluoxetine (floo-ox-uh-teen) [Prozac, Prozac Weekly, Sarafem] Fluoxetine Classification (The therapeutic classification, which categorizes drugs by the disease state they are used to treat, appears first, followed by the pharmacologic classification, which is based on the drug’s mechanism of action.) Therapeutic class: antidepressants Pharmacologic class of Fluoxetine: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)… Read More »

Escitalopram 5 mg, 10 mg, 20 mg Tablets

Escitalopram (ess-sital-o-pram) [Lexapro] Escitalopram Classification (The therapeutic classification, which categorizes drugs by the disease state they are used to treat, appears first, followed by the pharmacologic classification, which is based on the drug’s mechanism of action.) Therapeutic class: antidepressants Pharmacologic class of Escitalopram: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) Pregnancy Category (pregnancy… Read More »

Duloxetine 20 mg, 30 mg, 60 mg Capsules

Duloxetine (do-lox-e-teen) [Cymbalta] Duloxetine Classification (The therapeutic classification, which categorizes drugs by the disease state they are used to treat, appears first, followed by the pharmacologic classification, which is based on the drug’s mechanism of action.) Therapeutic class: antidepressants Pharmacologic class of Duloxetine: selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors — SSNRIs Pregnancy Category (pregnancy categories… Read More »

Citalopram 10 mg, 20 mg, 40 mg Tablets

Citalopram (si-tal-oh-pram) [Celexa] Citalopram Classification (The therapeutic classification, which categorizes drugs by the disease state they are used to treat, appears first, followed by the pharmacologic classification, which is based on the drug’s mechanism of action.) Therapeutic class: antidepressants Pharmacologic class of Citalopram: selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) Pregnancy Category (pregnancy… Read More »