PSYCHOTROPIC MEDICATIONS–news and discoveries about atypicals, anxiolytics, antidepressants

9/6/11–GOOD STUFF!  There are a couple of newer atypical antipsychotics in use.  I ran across them this summer during one of my survey site visits.  This link goes to the NIMH website  http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/publications/mental-health-medications/complete-index.shtml  and page that discusses all types of psychtropics.  It says it was updated April 25, 2011, but it has some misspellings and is missing the latest medication, LATUDA (lurasidone).  It can be found at www.latuda.com (of course!)  It does list FANAPT (iloperidone) www.fanapt.com.  Also new in this category is the combination atypicals and atypical/SSRI/SNRI combinations used to treat bipolar and major depressive disorders.

Additionally, the NIMH page has placed the medications in tables by category and by use, because as you know several of the medications have ‘off-label’ uses.  Examples are the anticonvulsants, which are the drugs of choice for treatment of BIPOLAR disorder and the atypicals, which are now being advertised (on TV) as drugs of choice for BIPOLAR disorder and as adjuncts to antidepressants.  I guess they are not-so-much ‘off-label’ if they are being advertised to be utilized in different ways, huh?

The NIMH page also has some new antidepressants listed–some I haven’t worked with, such as PRISTIQ (desvenlaxafine–an SNRI) and PEXEVA (paroxetine mesylate)–an SSRI.

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