Category Names of Medication Conditions
Medication Description Treated
Benzodiazapines affect neurotransmitter chemicals that nerves
use to communicate with one another. Since scientists believe
anxiety is caused by excessive activity in the nerves of the brain,
and this drug is thought to help reduce this activity to a manageable level. This medication is considered the most dangerous, as it can be habit forming.
SSRI's work by blocking a receptor in the brain that absorbs the
chemical serotonin. Although no drug is 100% safe for
everyone, SSRIs are among the safest since they are non-habit
forming and rarely interact or cause problems with other
Just like SSRIs, these medications affect the neurotransmitters in
the brain. The difference is that Effexor and drugs like it will not
only affect your serotonin levels, but also dopamine and other
related chemicals. There is still debate as to which of these two
types of medications are most effective.
This class of medication is the same as SSNRI and SSRIs, in
that they inhibit serotonin to the brain. These are just as safe as
the other classes, yet they are being used less frequently because
of mild unwanted side effects such as overeating and lethargy.
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors were the first class of
antidepressants to hit the market. These work in almost the same
way as other anti-depressants, by reducing certain chemicals in
the brain to balance the neurotransmitters. MAOIs are being used less and less as newer anti-depressants become available, since MAOIs have the most serious side effects when taken with other medications, or with certain foods. People who are still on MAOIs are usually on them because they have had a personal success in the past, and do not want to change their treatment.
Bupropion is another anti-depressant that attempts to balance out Major Depressive
your neurotransmitters by blocking certain chemicals. Unlike the Disorder, Seasonal
other anti-depressants, which focus on serotonin, Bupropion
focuses mainly on releasing extra dopamine. More recently, this drug has found to help smokers quit. It has since been marketed as both an anti-depressant and a smoking cessation solution.
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