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Drugs Used To Treat Depression - Anti Depressants - Cause Of Depression.





Cause Of depression:

Biogenic Amine Theory is proposed to explain the cause of depression. According to this theory deficiency of mono amines in brain is responsible for depression. Hence all the anti depressants drugs increase the concentration of mono amines such as nor epinephrine and serotonin.


Drawback of theory:

This theory fails to explain why does the therapeutic response of drug observed 2 – 3 weeks after the initiation of treatment.

Drugs Used To Treat Depression.


As has been said earlier that anti depressants increase the serotonergic and adrenergic transmission in brain. Either by increasing the concentration of serotonin and nor epinephrine or by blocking the inhibitory receptors (e.g. 5-HT2A receptor).



Following classes of drugs are used in the treatment course of Depression. (click for details)


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