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Psychopharmacology in medical practice 

Psychopharmacology in medical practice
Psychopharmacology in medical practice

Philip J. Cowen

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date: 07 March 2021

Drugs intended to treat psychiatric disorders are referred to as psychotropic drugs. The main categories are antidepressants, mood stabilizing drugs, antipsychotic drugs, and antianxiety drugs. These drugs are widely used in medical practice and most clinicians are likely to have under their care several patients receiving treatment with them. Practitioners therefore need to have an understanding of both the uses and unwanted effects of psychotropic drugs, and particularly of (1) their interactions with drugs used to treat other medical conditions, (2) characteristic abstinence syndromes that can occur with sudden discontinuation of antidepressants (particularly selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors and venlafaxine) and anxiolytics.

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