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Pharmacotherapy

Raymond W. Lam

in Depression

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199692736
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199607013 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199692736.003.0007

Series: Oxford Psychiatry Library

Pharmacotherapy

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• The newer antidepressants (SSRIs, SNRIs, other receptor agents) are first-line medications due to improved safety and tolerability over first-generation medications (TCAs, MAOIs). • Selection of an antidepressant must take into account efficacy, depression subtype, safety, side effect profile, simplicity of use, comorbid conditions, concurrent medications, and cost. • Switching antidepressants must take into account side effects, discontinuation effects, potential drug interactions, and rapidity of switch.

Chapter.  5362 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Pharmacology

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