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Ch 2: Antidepressant Medications

About This Chapter

Take a look at this introductory pharmacology chapter to review information about antidepressant medications. Students and working professionals can access these short lessons and quizzes to get ready for exams, develop new skills and refresh their pharmacology knowledge.

Antidepressant Medications - Chapter Summary

This chapter provides a high-level overview of antidepressant medications, including bupropion. As you work through this series of engaging lessons, you'll study antidepressant medication uses, structures, classifications, side effects, drug interactions and much more.

The online format of the chapter allows you to study at any time that's convenient. The lessons are designed to be simple and concise, and they each come with an accompanying self-assessment quiz. The chapter concludes with a comprehensive exam to help you reinforce your antidepressant medication knowledge. Use any computer or mobile device to access the chapter, and feel free to reach out to our instructors if you have any questions.

How It Helps

The lessons in this chapter can benefit current and aspiring pharmacology students as well as working healthcare professionals. Students can study the chapter to refresh their understanding of antidepressant medications, get ahead in a class or prepare for exams. Professionals who need to go through pharmacology training or continuing education can also use this chapter as a convenient study resource.

Skills Covered

When you're finished with the chapter, you should be able to:

  • Evaluate the structure, classification and uses of the drug bupropion
  • Describe the side effects and toxicity of bupropion
  • Discuss bupropion's drug interactions and mechanism of action

16 Lessons in Chapter 2: Antidepressant Medications
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Bupropion: Uses, Structure & Classification

1. Bupropion: Uses, Structure & Classification

This lesson is going to describe bupropion. First, you'll learn its structure and then we'll go over the way it can be classified by structure, use, or action and then finally we'll cover its major uses.

Bupropion: Toxicity & Side Effects

2. Bupropion: Toxicity & Side Effects

Bupropion is a medication used for depression, but is also used for smoking cessation. This lesson will discuss the side effects and toxicity symptoms of bupropion.

Bupropion: Mechanism of Action & Drug Interactions

3. Bupropion: Mechanism of Action & Drug Interactions

Bupropion is an antidepressant medication that prevents the reuptake of specific neurotransmitters in the brain. This lesson will discuss the mechanism of action and drug interactions of bupropion.

What is Trazodone? -  Definition & Uses

4. What is Trazodone? - Definition & Uses

This lesson will cover the uses for the depression medication, trazodone. By the end of this lesson, you'll have an idea of how trazodone works and the reasons doctors prescribe it, both for its intended use and for other off-label uses.

Trazodone: Pharmacology, Classification & Structure

5. Trazodone: Pharmacology, Classification & Structure

Depression is a disorder that can be treated in many ways. This includes the use of medication such as trazodone. Let's find out more about this drug's pharmacology and classification.

Trazodone: Pharmacokinetics & Mechanism of Action

6. Trazodone: Pharmacokinetics & Mechanism of Action

What is trazodone and what is it used for? In this lesson, we will learn about trazodone use. We will also look at the pharmacology of trazodone, specifically the pharmacokinetics and mechanism of action.

Trazodone: Drug Interactions & Side Effects

7. Trazodone: Drug Interactions & Side Effects

Trazodone is one of many drugs available to help treat depression. We are going to look at the drug interactions and side effects that come along with the benefits of this drug.

Mirtazapine: Uses & Side Effects

8. Mirtazapine: Uses & Side Effects

This lesson defines mirtazapine from a chemical perspective as well as a clinical perspective. It includes the brand name, major use, and a discussion of some common and important side effects.

Mirtazapine Mechanism of Action

9. Mirtazapine Mechanism of Action

Depression is a serious condition that can greatly affect the life and productivity of those that suffer from it. Treatment is imperative. In this lesson you will learn about mirtazapine, one of the many medications used to treat major depressive disorders.

Duloxetine: Side Effects & Drug Interactions

10. Duloxetine: Side Effects & Drug Interactions

Duloxetine is a prescription medication to treat different conditions. In this lesson, we will learn about duloxetine as well as the side effects and drug interactions to be aware of.

Duloxetine: Uses & Dosage

11. Duloxetine: Uses & Dosage

Although it's most famously known for treating one condition, it's actually used in many different ones. It's duloxetine! Find out its uses and potential dosages in this lesson.

Escitalopram: Side Effects & Interactions

12. Escitalopram: Side Effects & Interactions

Do you buy over the counter supplements? Make sure to tell your doctor about them if you use escitalopram, or else you might be at risk of experiencing negative effects as a result of a poor drug interaction.

Escitalopram: Uses & Dosage

13. Escitalopram: Uses & Dosage

There are a lot of medications that have been used to try and treat depression, and escitalopram is one of them. You'll learn what kind of medication this is, what it's used for, and some example dosage information.

Fluoxetine: Side Effects & Drug Interactions

14. Fluoxetine: Side Effects & Drug Interactions

Individuals who experience depression and compulsion must find safe ways to manage their symptoms. Read this lesson to learn more about fluoxetine and the potential side-effects to look out for.

Fluoxetine: Uses & Dosage

15. Fluoxetine: Uses & Dosage

Although it's a drug most commonly known for treating one specific condition, it's actually used for numerous disorders. This drug is called fluoxetine, and you're about to find out its uses and doses.

Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome: Symptoms & Treatment

16. Antidepressant Discontinuation Syndrome: Symptoms & Treatment

Antidepressants should never be stopped abruptly. Learn how suddenly discontinuing an antidepressant medication could cause serious negative side effects.

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