Alphabetical List of U.S. Medications Used to Treat Psychiatric and Neurological Conditions
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Here’s our big A-to-Z list of all the FDA-approved drugs we have articles about that are used to treat various psychiatric and neurological conditions. These are all the US brand and generic1, and some of the branded generic2 names we know of, along with a few of the more-popular product/trade names used outside of the US. The drugs should already be in alphabetical order by brand name. Clicking on the column heads for Generic Name/Active Ingredient3 and Class4 will sort the list by those columns, and you can switch between ascending and descending order. I also have the generic name in the brand column as many people will know only the generic name of a drug, especially some of the older ones.
We also have pages that group based upon their class or what they treat: antidepressants, antiepileptic drugs/anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, headache & neuropathic pain medications, anxiolytics/anti-anxiety medications, and mood stabilizers.
We don’t have a page for every med, and we probably never will. We don’t cover every psychiatric condition in the DSM nor every neurological condition, and probably never will.
Drugs that come in immediate as well as extended / time-release versions, and different forms (tablets, oral solution, injection, etc.) are not listed separately on this page (E.g. all the different Risperdals); unless they have a radically different name (Equetro and Tegretol, e.g.).
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This page has our even bigger a-to-z-to-я-to-ת-to-و-to-ん-to-하 list of meds. It’s the same as this one, along with all the trade and generic names we know of used outside of the US in a variety of non-Latin character sets. There are also drugs that aren’t approved by the FDA but are approved in other countries to treat various conditions, including whatever few we may have articles about (reboxetine, e.g.).
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2 The term "branded generic" has three meanings:
1) A generic drug produced by a generics manufacturer that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company that makes the branded version. E.g. Greenstone Pharmaceuticals makes gabapentin, and they are owned by Pfizer, who also own Parke-Davis, the makers of Neurontin.
2) A branded generic is also a generic drug given a 'brand' name by the manufacturer (e.g. Teva's Budeprion), but otherwise has the same active ingredient as the original branded version (Wellbutrin).
3) A branded generic is also a generic drug given a 'brand' name by the manufacturer (e.g. Sanofi-Aventis' Aplenzin, which is bupropion hydrobromide) and uses a salt of the active ingredient that is different from the original branded version and other generics (Wellbutrin, Budeprion and all the others are bupropion hydrochloride). The FDA says they're the same thing, and, as usual, the data are contradictory. While most evidence now indicates that the FDA is wrong and the differences can be significant.
Which means while base paroxetine is over 20 times as potent as base fluoxetine, and because of paroxetine's screwy pharmacokinetics and the way the salts are absorbed, it takes only 20mg of Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride) to be the equivalent of 10mg of Paxil (paroxetine hydrochloride), and I don't know where Pexeva (paroxetine mesylate) falls in that equation.
For our purposes a "branded generic name" refers to the second and third definitions.
3 The generic column will have the active ingredient, which is often a salt or some other form of the free base substance (Usually hydrochloride - abbreviated HCl (such as venlafaxine HCl) - when the generic name is in the brand column. With most antidepressants the active ingredient is a salt of the freebase, with other classes of drugs it is often, but not always, the same thing (lamotrigine, topiramate e.g.). The active ingredient is also used for drugs that have a different salt than the original drug - such as Pexeva, which is paroxetine mesylate, while Paxil is paroxetine HCl, and drugs that come in other forms, usually the long-lasting injections. If you need an explanation of salt, free base, and how they differ, ask teh interwebs or someone who still remembers high school chemistry, as I barely have a handle on it myself.
When you see USP after a generic name, that's not a salt of the freebase, that stands for United States Pharmacopeia. USP is a reference standard for purity and blah, blah, blah. What it really means is the drug has been around for so long that when doctors originally prescribed it they did so using a traditional Rx, i.e. a recipe, and pharmacists mixed it with other ingredients listed in the Rx or from their formulary, and made the pills just for you.
4 As far as we're concerned. We currently group all crazy meds into three broad categories: antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) / anticonvulsants (ACs), antidepressants (ADs), and antipsychotics (APs). These classifications have more to do with chemistry than anything else. E.g. Strattera being classified as an antidepressant even though it is not approved to treat depression, Topamax being primarily prescribed to treat migraines. We save that sort of detail for the full-blown pages on each med.
List of Psychiatric and Neurological Medications by Jerod Poore is copyright © 2010 Jerod Poore
|Last modified on Wednesday, 27 April, 2016 at 22:48:23 by JerodPoore||Page Author: Jerod Poore||Date created: 29 November 2010|
All drug names are the trademarks of someone else. Look on the appropriate PI sheets or ask Google who the owners are. The way pharmaceutical companies buy each other and swap products like Monopoly™ real estate, the ownership of any trademarks may have changed without my noticing.
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