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Types of Anti-Depressants

There are several categories of anti-depressants marketed under numerous brand and generic names. The drugs most widely used for depression fall in the category of Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). SSRIs are often prescribed for the early stages of depression, but have been effective for more severe cases, as well. Prozac, thought to be a wonder drug by many, is an SSRI that works well, but after discontinuing its use, it stays in your system up to six weeks. Zoloft, Celexa, and Paxil, are generally prescribed for the same stages of depression, remaining in your body for a shorter period of time. Although SSIRS can be expensive, they are safer and more effective than older anti-depressants.

Tricyclic anti-depressants were first introduced under the name Tofranil, for cases of major depression, accompanied by exhaustion and the inability to sleep. Today, patients who don't respond to one of the SSRIs are moved to a tricyclic anti-depressant, such as Pamelor or Ludiomil.

Wellbutrin, Effexor, and Trazedone are another group of anti-depressants that are often prescribed because of relatively few side effects, although long-term effects are unknown. Trazedone is an effective medication for sleep disorders and Wellbutrin has no sedative effect, so it is preferred by many. The Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOs), such as Nardil and Parnate, are rarely used except in cases that do not respond to SSRIs.

It is always advisable to seek a professional if you are experiencing signs of depression. The use of some type of anti-depressant, combined with psychotherapy, can be extremely beneficial for many people.