Antidepressants & Antipsychotics


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2011 report “Antidepressant Use in Persons Age 12 and Over, United States,” antidepressants are the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States for individuals ages 12–44 and the third most common class of medicines prescribed in all age groups, along with analgesics and antibiotics, in all of medicine (Pratt et al. 2011). The wisdom of such a widespread use of this class of medications is debated in the literature and the popular press. However, what is not debatable is that clinicians have felt increasingly comfortable in prescribing these medications. The growing popularity of antidepressants rests on a number of factors, including their efficacy in the treatment of depression, broad spectrum of activity, relative safety, and ease of use. Factors such as marketing also have played a role in the widespread adoption of antidepressants in clinical practice.

For complete Dosing & Monitoring Guidelines, Please see The Black Book of Psychotropic Dosing and Monitoring


Commonly used Antidepressants:

Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors, SSRI

  • Celexa (citalopram*)
  • Luvox (fluvoxamine)
  • Paxil (paroxetine)
  • Prozac (fluoxetine)
  • Zoloft (sertraline)


  • Anafranil (clomipramine)
  • Elavil (amitriptyline)
  • Norpramin (desipramine)
  • Pamelor (nortriptyline)
  • Aventyl Sinequan (doxepin)
  • Surmontil (trimipramine)
  • Tofranil (imipramine)
  • Vivactil (protriptyline)


  • Effexor (venlafaxine)
  • Desyrel (trazodone)
  • Ludiomil (maprotiline)
  • Parnate