5 Things Pharmacists Should Tell Patients About Antidepressants

OCTOBER 07, 2015
Allison Gilchrist, Associate Editor
Pharmacists should take some time to counsel patients on the pros and cons of each antidepressant to help them select the best regimen.
Decision aids produced by the Mayo Clinic inform health care providers of the nuances between medications and how each drug may affect a patient.
The medications included in the antidepressant decision aid are:
Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
Citalopram (Celexa)
Escitalopram (Lexapro)
Fluoxetine (Prozac)
Fluvoxamine (Luvox)
Paroxetine (Paxil)
Sertraline (Zoloft)
Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)
Desvenlafaxine (Pristiq)
Duloxetine (Cymbalta)
Venlafaxine (Effexor)
Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)
Amitriptyline (Elavil)
Nortriptyline (Aventyl HCl)
Bupropion (Wellbutrin)
Mirtazapine (Remeron)
Here are 5 key facts about these antidepressants that warrant clarification for patients: