Ativan (lorazepam)

Ativan (lorazepam). The fastest-acting of the bunch, and for even faster response you can put a tablet under your tongue. Ativan has practically no additional reported side effects, other than the usual temporary stuff you get from any medication (e.g. headaches, dizziness, tummy troubles). Continue reading “Ativan (lorazepam)” »

Abilify (aripiprazole)

Currently the newest of all the atypicals. Abilify has moderate-to-high affinity for a variety of dopamine, as well as serotonin and histamine receptors, thus is well known to be activating, rather than sedating, especially with the bipolar. However that hasn’t stopped Bristol-Myers-Squibb from submitting Abilify to the FDA as a treatment for mania. Continue reading “Abilify (aripiprazole)” »

Zyprexa (olanzapine)

US Brand Name: Zyprexa
A link here will take you to the official website for the drug.
Other Brand Names: Dozic (Colombia)
Olansek (Austria; Belgium; Bulgaria; Czech Republic; Denmark; Finland; France; Germany; Greece; Hungary; Ireland; Italy; Netherlands; Norway; Continue reading “Zyprexa (olanzapine)” »

Seroquel (quetiapine)

US Brand Name: Seroquel
Seroquel’s Generic Name: quetiapine fumarate
What is Seroquel: An Antipsychotic, specifically an atypical antipsychotic
Read up on these sections if you haven’t done so already, because they cover a lot of information about multiple medications that I’m not going to repeat on many pages. Continue reading “Seroquel (quetiapine)” »

Anticonvulsants

Anticonvulsants are broken up into different classes based upon chemical structure, how they work in your brain or how your liver deals with them. Brain, liver, they’re all squishy bits, right? So in the US market we have the valproates: Continue reading “Anticonvulsants” »

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)

This is one of the few class of meds with which neither Mouse nor I have had any personal experience. If all else fails, medication-wise, there are the MAOIs. Although I think they should be considered before the TCAs. Outside of the US you can find things like MAOI type B meds, reverse MAOIs and the MAOI patch, all of which deal in one way or another with the overwhelming lifestyle changes that come with MAOIs. Continue reading “Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)” »

Symbyax

US Brand Name: Symbyax
A link here will take you to the official website for the drug.
Other Brand Names:
Generic Name: olanzapine and fluoxetine HCl
Other Forms: Continue reading “Symbyax” »

Desyrel

US Brand Names: Desyrel, Sideril, Trazalon; Trazonil
Other Brand Names: Azonz (Finland)
Beneficat (Argentina)
Bimaran (Argentina)
Deprax (Spain)
Depresil (Philippines) Continue reading “Desyrel” »

Paxil

US Brand Name: Paxil / Paxil CR
Other Brand Names: Aropax (Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Mexico, New Zealand, South Africa)
Deroxat (France, Switzerland)
Paroxet (Peru)
Paxan (Colombia) Continue reading “Paxil” »

Prozac

US Brand Name: Prozac
Generic Name: fluoxetine hydrochloride
Other Forms: Prozac Weekly, Sarafem (for PMDD), oral solution
Class: Antidepressant, specifically SSRI. Continue reading “Prozac” »

Zoloft

US Brand Name: Zoloft
Other Brand Names:
Altruline (Mexico)
Aremis (Spain)
Atruline (Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Panama)
Besitran (Spain) Continue reading “Zoloft” »

Celexa

US Brand Name: Celexa
Other Brand Names: Cipramil (Australia & UK)
Generic Name: citalopram hydrobromide
Other Forms: Oral solution
Class: Antidepressant, specifically SSRI. Continue reading “Celexa” »

Cymbalta

US Brand Name: Cymblata

Other Brand Names: Yentreve (European Union), Ariclaim (Greece, Italy, Spain).  These are the EU names for the urinary incontinence problems.  For psychiatric issues it’s sold under the Cymbalta brand. Continue reading “Cymbalta” »

Effexor

US Brand Name: Effexor
Generic Name: venlafaxine hydrochloride

Class: Antidepressant, specifically a multiple reuptake inhibitor
Read up on these sections if you haven’t done so already, because they cover a lot of information about multiple medications that I’m not going to repeat on many pages.  Continue reading “Effexor” »

Mysoline

Mysoline (primidone) is an old miscellaneous anticonvulsant about which we have no clue. Some people may be getting prescriptions for it because they are probably running out of horsies on the med-go-round, or it’s for tremors caused by other meds and they may as well get some mood stabilization effects instead of just getting a beta blocker. Continue reading “Mysoline” »

Luminal

US Brand Name: Phenobal, Luminal, Phenobarbitone, Solfoton

Other Brand Names: Andral (Philippines)
Atrofen (Dominican Republic)
Barbilettae (Finland)
Barbiphenyl (Finland) Continue reading “Luminal” »

Dilantin

Dilantin (phenytoin). I’d never thought that I’d see it, but it’s being studying as a mood stabilizer. This is not a first-line med. It’s not even a second-line med. This is for when you’re running out of options. It’s like that for epilepsy, too. When nothing else is working, Dilantin is a stand-by. Continue reading “Dilantin” »

Zonegan

Zonegran (zonisamide). The only person we know taking this drug is an eight-year old girl who is taking it for epilepsy. It’s been brutal on her cognitive functions and she’s not gaining weight as expected, but it works as far as the seizures are concerned. Continue reading “Zonegan” »

Depakene

US Brand Name: Depakene

Other Brand Names: Convulex (UK, South Africa [but not the syrup!], Belgium, Taiwan), Depakin (Italy), Depakine (Taiwan), Epilim (Malaysia), Leptilan (Portugal), Orfiril (Germany), Valporal (Israel), Valprosid (Mexico) Continue reading “Depakene” »

Tegretol

US Brand Names: Tegretol, Equetro, Carbatrol, Atretol, Convuline, Epito, Macrepan

See toward the bottom of the page for other brand names

Generic Name: carbamazepine USP Continue reading “Tegretol” »