Chapter 10

Antidepressants

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
  • Define antidepressants and their utility

  • Categorize antidepressants on the basis of mode of action and chemical class

  • Describe the mode of action of antidepressants and their side-effects

  • Define monoamine oxide and their inhibition as an important strategy to treat depression

  • Define atypical antidepressants and their significance

  • List the other drugs that do not fall in the general classification

  • Describe some latest drugs in the class of antidepressants

10.1 INTRODUCTION

Antidepressants are drugs that enhance alertness and may result in an increased output of behaviour. In other words, antidepressants are capable of removing or alleviating a number of disorders in the psycho-emotional realm ...

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