selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors

selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs)

A range of drugs that act at the clefts of synapses in the brain preventing released SEROTONIN from being removed and thus increasing its action as a NEUROTRANSMITTER. These drugs are used to treat depression, anxiety, panic disorders, agoraphobia, bulimia, obsessive-compulsive disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder syndrome. Generic names are CITALOPRAM, FLUOXETINE, FLUVOXAMINE, PAROXETINE, and SERTRALINE. Other drugs (e.g. VENLAFAXINE) are specific promoters of the action of both serotonin and noradrenaline and are termed selective noradrenaline and serotonin inhibitors (SNRIs). Doubts have been expressed as to the specificity of some of the drugs in this group for treating certain of these conditions. Brand names can be found in the generic entries.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005
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Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have been used for treatment of anxiety and depression [3].
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Low levels of central serotonin have been related to the state of depression, and 5-HT is the major target of newer antidepressant drugs, such as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors. Neurons and platelets display structural and functional similarities, so that the latter have been proposed as a peripheral model of central functions.
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Serotonin is the target of the popular antidepressants known as SSRIs, or selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, which prolong the effect of serotonin in the brain by slowing its absorption by brain cells.
A comparison of the post-marketing safety of four selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors including the investigation of symptoms occurring on withdrawal.
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