10 common prescriptions for mental disorders

Prescribing medicine is one way an Indianapolis psychiatrist may be able help treat a mental illnesses or disorder.

With a variety of products available to treat mental health concerns, here are the top 10 most prescribed medicines in 2009 according to IMS Health, a health care industry analyst:

1. Xanax – Commonly used to treat anxiety, Xanax's side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, unusual weakness, headache and clumsiness.

Other side effects may include restlessness or excitement, constipation, difficulty urinating, blurred vision or changes in sex drive, anxiety, depression, memory loss, behavioral problems, or involuntary muscle movements. The generic prescription is alprazolam.

2. Lexapro – Lexapro can be used to treat anxiety coupled with depression. Included in its possible side effects are drowsiness, clumsiness, headache, weakness and dizziness, restlessness or excitement, constipation, difficulty urinating, blurred vision or changes in sex drive, anxiety, depression, behavioral problems, memory loss, or involuntary muscle movements. The generic alternative is escitalopram.

3. Ativan – Ativan treats panic disorder and anxiety. Some side effects may be dizziness, drowsiness, unusual weakness, headache, and clumsiness. 

Other side effects may include restlessness or excitement, constipation, blurred vision or changes in sex drive, difficulty urinating, increased anxiety or depression, memory loss, behavioral problems, and involuntary muscle movements. The common generic prescription used is lorazepam.

4. Zoloft – Zoloft treats anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive Disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Some side effects are drowsiness, dizziness and lightheadedness, dry mouth, headache, tremor or muscle spasms, nervousness, trouble sleeping, insomnia, nausea, increased sweating and changes in sexual function. Sertraline is the generic substitute.

5. Prozac - Prozac treats depression and anxiety. The possible side effects are dizziness and lightheadedness, dry mouth, nervousness, headache, tremor or muscle spasms, trouble sleeping, insomnia, drowsiness, nausea, increased sweating and changes in sexual function.

Fluoxetine is the generic version most commonly used.

6. Desyrel – Desyrel treats anxiety as well as depression. Some side effects may include dizziness, fatigue, drowsiness, agitation, increased appetite, weight gain, confusion and lightheadedness, or dry mouth. There have been concerns with possible prolonged and painful erections, as well.

The generic medicine is Trazodone.

7. Cymbalta - Cymbalta treats anxiety, depression, fibromyalgia and diabetic neuropathy.

Included in its possible side effects are drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, dry mouth, fatigue, constipation, somnolence, nervousness, insomnia, headache, increased sweating, lightheadedness and sexual problems. There are some concerns with possible prolonged and painful erections. The commonly used generic drug is Duloxetine.

8. Seroquel - Seroquel treats depression and bipolar disorder. Some possible side effects are drowsiness, dizziness, nausea, frequent urination, and fine hand tremor.

Other side effects may include increased blood sugar (hyperglycemia). The patient should contact their doctor as soon as possible if experiencing diarrhea, vomiting, unsteadiness, difficulty walking or unusual muscle weakness. Quetiapine is the common generic.

9. Effexor XR – Effexor XR treats depression, anxiety and panic disorder. Some possible side effects include  drowsiness, dizziness, agitation, confusion, fatigue, and dry mouth. Expected side effects are increased appetite and weight gain.

The patient should contact their doctor immediately if experiencing prolonged and painful erections. The generic used it venlafaxine.

10.Valium - Valium treats anxiety and panic disorder. Possible side effects are drowsiness, dizziness, unusual weakness, restlessness or excitement, constipation, difficulty urinating, blurred vision, changes in sex drive, anxiety and depression, headache and clumsiness.

The doctor should be contacted if the patient experiences memory loss, behavioral problems or involuntary muscle movement. The generic is diazepam.

For more detailed information about these prescriptions, their side effects and their generic substitutes, visit the U.S. National Library of Medicine.


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