Atypical antidepressants are drugs that work to combat depression. They are atypical because they do not function the same way most antidepressants do. Atypical antidepressants affect different parts of the brain and tend to have less or different symptoms than other antidepressants. Atypical antidepressants are sometimes prescribed alongside other antidepressants to combat their side effects. For example, bupropion is often prescribed to negate the lack of libido caused by typical antidepressants. Atypical antidepressants still have side effects, ranging widely depending on the specific drug being used. These side effects include insomnia, weight loss/gain, low blood pressure, increased cholesterol, headaches and more. Atypical antidepressants are usually targeted for specific symptoms. Mirtazapine aids sleeping while bupropion helps people with low energy function at a higher lever. Nefazodone and Trazodone also treat anxiety. Bupropion can also be used to help quit smoking. The atypical antidepressant family is a diverse one. However, they all affect neurotransmitters like dopamine, serotonin and norephinephrine to cause changes in the brain.
Atypical Antidepressants Drugs
Drugs that belong in the atypical antidepressant family include the following.
Atypical Antidepressants Uses
Atypical antidepressants are used to treat the following conditions.
- Smoking cessation
Atypical Antidepressants Side Effects
Side effects of atypical antidepressants vary widely depending on which particular drug is being taken. Below you will find some of the common side effects.
- Dry mouth
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Weight loss or gain
- Insomnia or sleepiness
- Loss of or increased appetite
- Low blood pressure
Atypical Antidepressants Interactions
As with any other drugs, the atypical antidepressant family may interact with other drugs and substances. You should consult with your doctor before taking any new medication, even over the counter drugs. It is not suggested that you consume alcohol while taking atypical antidepressants. Women who are pregnant or may become pregnant should discuss that possibility with their doctor. Below is a list of drugs that may interact with atypical antidepressants. Note that not all possible interactions are listed.
- Methylene Blue