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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

  • FDA Safety Alert: Reactions to Olanzapine (Zyprexa)

    June 02, 2016

    The FDA has issued a safety alert for olanzapine (Zyprexa), an antipsychotic medication used to treat mental health disorders.

    According to the FDA, medications containing olanzapine may cause a rare but serious skin reaction that can spread to affect other parts of the body—and even lead to death.

    What type of skin reaction can olanzapine cause?

    Olanzapine can cause a skin reaction known as Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS)See More

  • Brintellix Changing Names to Trintellix for Safety

    May 19, 2016

    There are many medications on the market that have very similar names, which can sometimes be confusing for you, your pharmacist, and your doctor.

    One example is Brintellix (an anti-depressant) and Brilinta (a blood thinner). Especially since they treat such different conditions, confusing these two prescriptions can cause big problems—and could even be life-threatening.

    To lower the risk of mixing these two up, and to decrease prescribing and dispensing mistakes, the FDA just approved a name change for BrintellixSee More

  • How Do I Stop My Antidepressant?

    May 18, 2016

    You and your healthcare provider have decided it’s time to wean off your antidepressant and now you wonder: what is the best way to stop? Does taking it slow make more sense than cold turkey? What symptoms might I feel?

    First: the “discontinuation syndrome” is worse when you stop your antidepressant abruptly. This may include dizziness, nausea, fatigue, muscle aches, chills, anxiety, and irritability. See More

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Popular Depression Drugs

Popularity Drug Name Drug Class Price
SSRIs 9 See Prices
SSRIs 6 See Prices
Atypical Antidepressants 9 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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