The serotonin selective reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) (e.g., fluoxetine, sertraline, paroxetine, and fluvoxamine) are now the recommended first-line medications in depressed children and adolescents due to better tolerance and fewer side effects than the tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amytriptyline
, imipramine, desipramine) (Kutcher, 1997).
Similarly, research attention has been given to the effects of adrenergic antagonists (e.g., clorpromazine - Thorazine) in decreasing the frustrative response to nonreward and adrenergic agonists (e.g., amytriptyline
HCl - Elavil) in enhancing this response.
trial of amytriptyline
among depressed patients in general
Antidepressants such as amytriptyline
(Elavil) are frequently used for pain, and gabapentin (Neurontin) is often used for pain and behavior control, although it is FDA-approved as a seizure medication.