What is Depression?

Depression or major depressive disorder can be characterized by feelings of sadness, fatigue, low self-esteem, trouble concentrating, hopelessness, and loss of interest and pleasure in normally enjoyed activities. Many people may experience these feelings occasionally, but depressive disorders are persistent and interfere with health and everyday life.

Treatments include cognitive behavioral therapy, interpersonal therapy, and medications. The most common antidepressant treatments include SSRIs, SNRIs, atypical antidepressants, tricyclic antidepressants, and MAOIs.

Savings Tips for Depression

  • Generic Abilify Now in Pharmacies!

    May 06, 2015

    You may have seen the many commercials for Abilify (aripiprazole) or perhaps you or someone you know take it. Especially if that’s the case, you should know that the FDA has approved the first generic versions of Abilify to treat mental illness, which means it will now be available to you at a reduced cost, and looked at more favorably by insurance companies.

    On April 28, 2015, the FDA gave pharmaceutical companies Alembic, Hetero Labs, Teva, and Torrent the go-ahead to manufacture the generic version of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Abilify oral tablets. See More

  • Ketamine May Hold Promise for Treating Depression

    December 16, 2014

    There is a huge need for rapidly acting antidepressants. Suicide is a leading cause of death in young adults in the United States and currently available antidepressants often take weeks to kick in. There is great interest in glutamate mechanisms in major depression as a promising new target. One of the drugs that works on glutamate you may know as an illegally obtained illicit drug called ketamine or Special-KSee More

  • Do Antidepressants Increase Risk of Miscarriage?

    May 01, 2014

    With depression so common, many women of reproductive age will be on antidepressant meds while attempting to conceive. Do I have to stop taking my antidepressant once I’m pregnant? That’s a question we face in primary care all the time.

    It’s a complicated thing to study because comparing folks with depression taking antidepressants with folks not suffering from depression isn’t a fair study—because depression itself may be (and likely is) a risk factor for miscarriage. See More

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Popular Depression Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
Zoloft
(sertraline)
SSRIs 9 See Prices
Prozac
(fluoxetine)
SSRIs 5 See Prices
trazodone Atypical Antidepressants 5 See Prices
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Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

Depression Drug Classes

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