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antidepressant

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Drugs that alleviate the symptoms of moderate to severe depression. The major classes are the tricyclic antidepressants, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, selective serotonin reuptake...

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hypericum

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The pharmacologically active ingredient of St John's wort. See also orphan drug. [From Latin Hypericum the generic name of St John's wort, from Greek hypereikon, from hyper over + ereike he...

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monoamine oxidase inhibitor

Overview page. Subjects: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics — Science and Mathematics.

Drugs used as anti‐depressants. May have serious side effects if taken with certain foods such as cheese, red wine, and food containing yeast.

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orphan drug

Overview page. Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

A drug given special status and financial support by govenmental or charitable agencies to enable it to be produced for an uneconomically small patient population.

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SSRI

Overview page. Subjects: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics.

(selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor)

any one of a group of antidepressant drugs that exert their action by blocking the reabsorption of the neurotransmitter serotonin by the...

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tetracyclic antidepressant

Overview page. Subjects: Psychology.

A class of antidepressant drugs, the best known being mianserin, that are used to treat depression, their mechanism of action being poorly understood. Compare monoamine oxidase inhibitor...

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tricyclic antidepressants

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A group of drugs that were used to treat moderate to severe depression. They have adrenergic and serotonergic effects and probably work by inhibiting the reuptake of norepinephrine and...

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