Depression Medicine Fact Sheet

Your Depression Medicine Guide



Dose Range

Sedating Weight Gain Side Effects NE 5-HT
imiprimine Tofranil 150-300mg mid mid mid mid mid
desipramine Norpramine 150-300mg low low low high none
amitriptyline Elavil 150-300mg high high high low high
nortriptyline Pamelor, Aventyl 75-125mg mid low mid mid mid
protriptyline Vivactil 15-40mg mid low mid high low
trimipramine Surmontil 100-300mg high high mid mid mid
doxepin Sinequan, Adapin 150-300mg high high high mid mid
maprotiline Ludiomil 150-225mg high mid mid mid none
amoxapine Asendin 150-400mg mid low low high low
trazodone Desyrel 150-400mg mid low none none high
fluoxetine Prozac 20-80mg low none none none high
bupropion-S.R. Wellbutrin-SR 150-300mg low none none mid none
bupropion Wellbutrin 150-400mg low none none mid none
sertraline Zoloft 50-200mg low none none none high
paroxetine Paxil 20-50mg low none low none high
venlafaxine-X.R. Effexor-X.R. 75-300mg low none none mid mid
venlafaxine Effexor 75-375mg low none none mid mid
nefazodone Serzone 100-500mg mid none none low high
fluvoxamine Luvox 50-300mg low none low none high
mirtazapine Remeron 15-45mg mid high mid mid mid
phenelzine Nardil 30-90mg low mid none mid mid
tranylcypromine Parnate 20-60mg low low none mid mid

General side effects may include: dry mouth, constipation, blurry vision, urinary hesitation. Always check with your doctor and pharmacist for a full listing of side effects.

NE is the neurotransmitter Norepinephrine and is believed to be a factor in depression, especially fatigue-based depression.

5-HT is the neurotransmitter Serotonin and is believed to be a factor in depression.

In your search for the right depression medicine it is imperative that you do your homework around exploring which medicine may the be the best fit for you. Most first attempts at antidepressant usually fail. I believe this can be changed 100% by your own research and a doctor who is willing to spend the proper amount of time evaluating and prescribing the correct medication the FIRST time.

Best wishes in your search for the best depression medicine. I highly recommend you take a look at my Depression Recovery e-Course. As a bonus for purchasing the class you receive a much more comprehensive white paper on antidepressants, how to choose the right one for you and how to work with your doctor on this vital depression medicine decision.

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Dave Turo-Shields, ACSW, LCSW
622 W. Valley View Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana 46217

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