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1. SSRIs discussed on Crazymeds
These are the serotonin-selective (or serotonin-specific)1 reuptake inhibitors approved in the US that we have articles on. The link is the US brand name. I’ve included some of the more popular trade names used in other countries.
- Celexa / Cipram / Cipramil / Recital / Sepram / Seropram (citalopram)
- Lexapro / Cipralex (escitalopram)
- Luvox / Dumyrox / Fevarin / Faverin / Favoxil / Movox (fluvoxamine)
- Paxil / Aropax / Paroxat / Paxetin / Seroxat (paroxetine hydrochloride) & Pexeva (paroxetine mesylate)
- Prozac / Erocap / Lorien / Lovan / Zactin (fluoxetine)
- Zoloft / Lustral (sertraline)
- Viibryd (vilazodone) - Viibryd is technically not an SSRI, as it is also a partial 5-HT1A agonist. But when you have a med that is essentially the same as taking Paxil and BuSpar, but with fewer drug-drug interactions, I may as well list it here as well as on the page of Miscellaneous Antidepressants because people are probably going to be calling it an SSRI like they call Effexor an SSRI.
2. Brief history of SSRIs
The original SSRI, zimelidine, made its debut in March 1972. It was developed by Drs. Arvid Carlsson and Hans Corrodi, and is based upon the antihistamines brompheniramine (Dimetapp), chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton), and diphenhydramine (Benadryl).
SSRIs were under development. Lundbeck’s citalopram was being developed at about the same time, although it wasn’t approved until 1989. DU 23000 - the designation used prior to the assignment of the generic name fluvoxamine - was being tested for depression as far back as 1977. Solvay released fluvoxamine as Fevarin in Switzerland in 1984, although it wasn’t approved in the US until 1993. According to Wikipedia Upstene (indalpine) was marketed in France from 1982 to 1987. The story about why it was pulled and other details are different than what is in David Healy’s Let Them Eat Prozac, but at least that book confirms Upstene’s existence in France in the 1980s. Indalpine may still be available somewhere.2 Eli Lilly’s Prozac (fluoxetine) received approval from the US FDA in 1987 and the rest quickly followed.Soon other
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- What SSRIs are used for.
- Why SSRIs are so popular, but are they right for you?
- Common side effects of SSRIs.
- SSRI discontinuation syndrome.
- SSRI poop-out (tachyphylaxis) & equivalences.
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1We prefer serotonin-selective reuptake inhibitor (as well as norepinephrine-selective and whatever_monoamine-selective) because:
1) It’s grammatically correct. “Selective serotonin” is a clumsy way to describe how reuptake inhibitor is supposed work on a single neurotransmitter. Even if most of them fail at being all that selective.
2) It allows for unambiguous initialisms / acronyms. SNRI means Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor and NSRI means Norepinephrine-Selective Reuptake Inhibitor. Otherwise SNRI could mean either Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor or Selective Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitor.
2Several China-based pharmaceutical manufacturers offer Indalpine for sale. E.g. Beijing JHYB Pharm. Tech.
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