Index of Psychiatric Medications (A-Z)

An Introductory Index of Psychiatric Medications: From Abilify to Zoloft

Psychiatric medications aren’t exactly a “one-size-fits-all” science. The reality of the situation is that different disorders demand different pharmaceutical solution. There are actually hundreds of different psychiatric meds, both generic and name brand, designed across several different categories of mental health, including:

  • Attention disorders
  • Sleeping disorders
  • Clinical depression
  • Dependencies
  • Anxiety disorders

…and other maladies.

An Intro to Psychiatric Meds

The following index is NOT an exhaustive list. In fact, it’s only a small sampling of the more popular psychiatric solutions available in pill form.

Abilify: Used to treat bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or as an added-on medication to help manage depression when other prescriptions don’t completely get the job done. The generic is aripiprazole.

Adderall: A combination of the drugs dextroamphetamine and amphetamine, this is used to treat and control the symptoms of ADHD and narcolepsy.

Ambien: Used to help treat insomnia and sleeping disorders. The generic name is zolpidem and works to slow activity in the brain, providing for restful, undisturbed sleep.

Buspar: Over the long-term, buspar is used to treat anxiety disorders, or in the short-term, to help manage the symptoms of situational anxiety. The generic is buspirone.

Campral: Used in conjunction with counseling and social support groups to help treat and prevent alcoholism. The generic name is acamprosate and helps the brains of people who have been affected by long-term drinking damage.

Celexa: This drug is used to treat depression and is under the classification of a SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors). The generic is citalopram.

Chantix: This is a drug used as a stop-smoking aid. It blocks the effects of nicotine from reaching the brain. The generic is varenicline.

Cymbalta: This treats both depression and GAD (generalized anxiety disorders). It has also been used to treat nerve damage related to diabetes. The generic is duloxetine.

Depakote: This is used to treat certain seizures, as well as a treatment for mania related to bipolar disorder. The generic is valprioc acid.

Dolophine: Also known as methadone, this is used to help relieve pain that can’t be relieved by non-narcotic pain relievers as well as a way to treat withdrawal from opiates.

Elavil: This is a tricyclic antidepressant used to treat the symptoms of depression by increasing certain natural substances found in the brain. Also known as amitriptyline.

Haldol: This drug is used to treat psychotic disorders, to control motor and verbal tics and behavioral issues. The generic is haloperidol.

Klonopin: In addition to serving as a way to control certain seizures, klonopin also helps deal with panic attacks and other anxiety disorders. The generic is clonazepam.

Neurocil: Used to treat various forms of psychosis, including schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. The generic is methotrimeprazine.

Prozac: Also prescribed as fluoxetine, this is an SSRI that is used to treat major depressive disorder, bulimia, OCD, and panic disorders.

Risperdal: Has been used to treat schizophrenia and autism. The generic is risperidone.

Ritalin: Used to treat ADHD in adults and children. The generic is methylphenidate.

Seroquel: Treats severe mental disorders like schizophrenia and other psychoses. The generic is quetiapine.

Trazodone: A tricyclic antidepressant used to treat both depression and anxiety disorders. Other names include Desyrel, Oleptro and Beneficat.

Valium: Also sold under the generic name diazepam, Valium is used to relieve anxiety, treat muscle spasms and seizures, plus to relieve the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.

Xanax: Treats anxiety disorders and relieves panic attacks. The generic is alprazolam.

Zoloft: Known by the generic name sertraline, used to treat depression, OCD, panic attacks and PTSD.

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