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Clinician’s Corner: 2nd Generation Antipsychotic Drugs

ATYPICAL ANTIPSYCHOTICS (Second generation Antipsychotics) DOSAGE EQUIVALENTS AND SIDE EFFECTS FOR “ATYPICAL” ANTIPSYCHOTICS Antipsychotic Drug Usual Adult Dose Available strengths Sed EPS AC Weight gain Clozapine (Clozaril®) 1989 300-900mg 12.5,25, 50,100 high none high Very high Risperidone (Risperdal®) 1993 4-16mg 0.25,0.5,1, 2,3,4mg low high none Mod Olanzapine (Zyprexa®) 1996...

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Clinician’s Corner: Antidepressants Wrap-up

This column wraps up a very long journey through the antidepressants.  These last three drugs don’t seem to get used a lot primarily due to the costs.  With aripiprazole (Abilify) and buspirone (Buspar) being so cheap most insurance companies want patients to try and fail on a traditional antidepressant...

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Clinician’s Corner: Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRI)

Serotonin Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors (SNRI) Mechanism: increases serotonin and norepinephrine levels in the brain. The SNRI’s are used for depression and pain management. SNRI Side Effects: Side effects: very favorable profile: minimal drowsiness and cardiovascular effects. Common side effects: nausea, loss of appetite, insomnia, nervousness, restlessness, and grinding of...

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