This one is well known but how it actually works, it is rarely understood. It is a manufacture product of the famous biotech company Eli Lily and it corrects the chemical balance in the body as a result of stress/depression by increasing the brain’s own serotonin supply.
Its generic equal Fluoxetine or Fluoxetine hydrochloride remains a very popular choice of drug in spite of all the latest drugs in the market today. It is an FDA approved chemical and is widely used as the treatment of choice for depression, OCD or obsessive-compulsive disorder, bulimia nervosa, anorexia and panic disorders. The same company also markets it as Reconcile, for use with domestic pets.
Marketed as Wellbutrin, Zyban etc is another choice of drug, which is used as an antidepressant. This works by acting on norepinephrine and dopamine reuptake. It is also seen to be an effective smoking cessation aid. In particular, it is used in combination with the first line of antidepressant drugs. No proved effects have been seen such as weight gain and sexual dysfunction, which are common in other drugs, making it a preferred choice among patients.
Sold with trade names like Zoloft, Lustral is another antidepressant of the same class (serotonin reuptake inhibitor or SSRI) . It’s a popular product from Pfizer introduced over 15 years ago. It has been one of the most prescribed drugs of recent times. Its side effects are less pronounced and it has been seen to work better than luoxetine in some clinical subtypes such as treatment of panic disorders, social phobias etc.
Sertraline comes with some common side effects such as nausea, diarrhea, insomnia, and sexual dysfunction though it hasn’t been seen to cause any weight gain. Its use is contraindicated in pregnant women as the drug fetal levels could lead to birth effects.
The list is wrong, and there are many other medicines that work as well. We might have heard these names (and many more) before, and it goes without saying that it is suicidal to start taking any of the medicines by yourself. But there is no harm in fixing up an appointment with your doctor and consulting him, if any of these medicines could work for you and make you feel better. These pills, they work, they sure do but no matter how tempting they might seem to be, our responsibility towards self also continues to persist to report and discuss slightest of symptoms once you begin medication.
Please do not use any medication without talking to your doctor first about benefits and side effects.