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The Psychopharmacology of Bupropion: An Illustrated Overview

This presentation reviews the essential aspects of this medication including: mechanism of action, indications, pharmacokinetics, adverse effects profile and dosing guidelines.


Video thumbnail for vimeo video Citalopram and Escitalopram: The Essentials - Psychopharmacology InstituteCitalopram and Escitalopram: A Summary of Key Differences and Similarities

Citalopram (Celexa) and escitalopram (Lexapro) are two commonly prescribed SSRIs used for the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. This brief multimedia tutorial explores the differences and similiarities of these two antidepressants.



Venlafaxine and Desvenlafaxine: Key Similarities and Differences

Venlafaxine (Effexor) is an SNRI that is metabolized to O-desmethylvenlafaxine or desvenlafaxine. In 2008 this active metabolite was approved as antidepressant (Pristiq).

In this multimedia tutorial we discuss what the two drugs have in common and their differences, we also explore mechanisms of action, indications, pharmacokinetics, adverse effects and dosing guidelines.


ssri-moa-5The Mechanism of Action of SSRIs

This video discusses the role of 5-HT1A receptor downregulation in the mechanism of action of SSRIs. The monoamine theory of depression is also reviewed and contrasted with its limitations.



Adverse Effects of SSRIs

This brief video is an overview on the most common side effect of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors.

Possible mechanisms for each side effect are also discussed.


antidepressants-weight-gainAntidepressants and Weight Change: An Evidence-Based Tool

Dent et al conducted a systematic synthesis of the literature to rank the effect of psychotropic drugs on weight change. We summarize and reproduce some of their findings for antidepressant medications.

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