Psychiatric Drugs 

Antidepressants, SSRIs, Tricyclics, Maoi Beta Blockers, Stimulants, Tranquilizers, Sleeping Pills, Antipsychotics, Neuroleptics, Mood Stabilizers, psychotropic

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Complete Guide to Psychiatric drugs


1.      This is a mere reference section to our main page on the dangers and damage that psychiatric drugs cause those who take them. Here is our main page on drugs: click here

2.      Psychiatric drugs are dangerous, addictive, have painful withdrawal symptoms.

3.      Psychiatric drugs do not work. In trials, they performed no better than placebos.

4.      Chemical imbalances in the brain are a myth.

5.      Mental illness is not a bodily, physical disease, but a spiritual freewill choice.

A. Psychiatric drugs: Antidepressants (for depression)

  1. Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs): Celexa (citalopram), Lexapro (escitalopram), Luvox (fluvoxamine), Prozac and Sarafem (fluoxetine), Paxil (paroxetine), Zoloft (sertraline)
  2. Other Newer Antidepressants Cymbalta (duloxetine), Effexor (venlafaxine), Remeron (mirtazapine), Symbyax (Prozac + Zyprexa, a newer antipsychotic) Wellbutrin and Zyban (bupropion)
  3. Older Antidepressants (partial list), Anafranil (clomipramine), Elavil (amitriptyline), Parnate (tranylcypromine), Tofranil (imipramine), Vivactil (protriptyline), Surmontil (trimipramine), Phenelzine (Nardil), Marplan (isocarboxazid)

B. Psychiatric drugs: Stimulants (for depression)

  1. Classic Stimulants, Adderall, Adderall XR (amphetamine mixture), Desoxyn (methamphetamine), Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine), Focalin, Focalin XR (dexamethylphenidate), Ritalin, Concerta, Daytrana (methylphenidate), Vyvanse (lisdextroamphetamine)
  2. Others: Cylert (pemoline) [no longer available], Strattera (atomoxetine)

C. Psychiatric drugs: Tranquilizers and Sleeping Pills (for anxiety)

  1. Benzo Tranquilizers: Ativan (lorazepam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Librium (chlordiazepoxide), Serax (oxazepam), Tranxene (chlorazepate), Xanax (alprazolam), Valium (diazepam)
  2. Benzo Sleeping Pills: Dalmane (flurazepam), Doral (quazepam), Halcion (triazolam), ProSom (estazolam), Restoril (temazepam)
  3. Non-Benzo Sleeping Pills: Ambien (zolpidem), Lunesta (eszopiclone), Sonata (zaleplon)

D. Psychiatric drugs: Antipsychotic Drugs (Neuroleptics)

  1. Newer (second or third generation or atypical) Antipsychotics: Abilify (aripiprazole), Geodon (ziprasidone), Invega (paliperidone), Risperdal (risperidone), Seroquel (quetiapine), Symbyax (olanzapine + Prozac, an SSRI antidepressant), Zyprexa (olanzapine), Sertindole (awaiting FDA approval)
  2. Older Antipsychotic Drugs: Clozaril (clozapine), Etrafon (antidepressant plus Trilafon), Haldol (haloperidol), Loxitane (loxapine), Mellaril (thioridazine), Moban (molindone), Navane (thiothixene), Prolixin (fluphenazine), Serentil (mesoridazine), Stelazine (trifluoperazine), Taractan (chlorprothixene), Thorazine (chlorpromazine), Tindal (acetophenazine), Trilafon (perphenazine), Vesprin (triflupromazine),
  3. Antipsychotics Used for Other Medical Purposes: Compazine (prochlorperazine), Inapsine (droperidol), Orap (pimozide), Phenergan (promethazine), Reglan (metoclopramide)

E. Psychiatric drugs: Mood Stabilizers

  1. Lithium, Depakote (divalproex sodium), [anti-epileptic drug], Equetro (extended-release carbamazepine), [anti-epileptic drug] Lamictal (lamotrigine), [anti-epileptic drug], Lithobid, Lithotabs, Eskalith (lithium)
  2. Off-Label or Unapproved Mood Stabilizers: Catapres (clonidine), [antihypertensive drug] Gabitril (tiagabine), Neurontin (gabapentin), [anti-epileptic drug] Tegretol (carbamazapine), [anti-epileptic drug] Tenex (guanfacine), [antihypertensive drug] Topamax (topiramate), [anti-epileptic drug] Trileptal (oxcarbazepine)
  3. "A zeal for anticonvulsants developed on the assumption that almost any anticonvulsant would act as a mood stabilizer. This produced, for instance, an explosion in the use of gabapentin (Neurontin) in the late 199os, fueled, it appears, by a series of ghostwritten articles, planted in a series of journals by the drug's manufacturer, Warner Lambert, that suggested gabapentin would be effective for mood disorders." At one point gabapentin was grossing $1.3 billion a year, a very large proportion of which came from its off-label use as a mood stabilizer. The bubble was punctured when a randomized controlled trial demonstrated that gabapentin had little if any mood-stabilizing property." (Shock Therapy: A History of Electroconvulsive Treatment in Mental Illness, Edward Shorter, David Healy, 2007, p 275)

F. Psychiatric drugs are not specific to individual "disorders"

  1. "If psychiatric drugs could correct specific biochemical imbalances, specific types of drugs for specific disorders would be available. But this is not the case. For example, even though Prozac mainly affects just one neurotransmitter system, it is used with supposed success for a broad range of difficulties, from anxiety to depression to behavior problems in children. The same has been true of other psychiatric drugs. Even the first "antipsychotics," such as Thorazine, were originally marketed for nearly every possible human problem, from behavioral difficulties in children to insomnia and anxiety in adults, as well as for a variety of supposed psychosomatic disorders, including skin and digestive problems. Similarly, the stimulants, such as Ritalin and amphetamine, were originally advertised not only for behavioral control of children but also for stress and depression—and even for energizing old people." (Your Drug May Be Your Problem, Peter Breggin, David Cohen, 2007 AD, p 53)
  2. "The psychological treatment of cardiovascular disease illustrates a point that Parloff once made: "No form of psychotherapy has ever been initiated without a claim that it has unique therapeutic advantages, and no form of psychotherapy has ever been abandoned because of its failure to live up to these claims." (Manufacturing Victims, Dr. Tana Dineen, 2001, p 207)

3.      This is a mere reference section to our main page on the dangers and damage that psychiatric drugs cause those who take them. Do not use this chart for any kind of prescribing. There may be errors. Only begin or stop taking prescribed drugs under direct supervision of a medical doctor.

F. Psychiatric drugs for specific "disorders"






Mood stabilizers

Click to ViewGeneralized Anxiety Disorder, GAD

 Effexor, Tofranil


Klonopin, Xanax, Buspar



Click to ViewPanic Disorder

 Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Paxil, Celexa, Tofranil, Nardil, Parnate Marplan


Ativan, Xanax



Click to ViewSocial Phobia

 Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Paxil, Celexa, Nardil, Parnate, Marplan


Klonopin, Inderal



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 Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Paxil, Celexa, Anafranil





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Haldol, Orap, Catapres, Rivotril, Mogadon


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Click to ViewDepression

Remeron, Effexor, Cymbalta, Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Lexapro, Luvox, Elavil, Limbitrol, Norpramin, Sinequan, Norpramin, Tofranil, Pamelor, Aventyl, Vivactil, Nardil, Marplan, Parnate



 Abilify, Zyprexa, Seroquel, Geodon, Risperdal, Buspar, triiodothyonine or "T3", Ritalin, Aderall, Mirapex, Requipp, Lamictal, SAMe, testosterone, estrogen, DHEA


Click to ViewBipolar Disorder




 Clozaril, Zyprexa, Risperdal, Seroquel, Geodon

Lithium, Anticonvulsants with mood stablizing effects: Depakote, Tegretol, Lamictal, Neurontin, Topamax

Click to ViewSchizophrenia




Thorazine, Haldol, Etrafon, Trilafon, Prolixin, Clozaril, Risperdal, Zyprexa, Seroquel, Serdolect, Geodon


Click to ViewPostpartum Depression, PPD

 Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Celexa





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Click to ViewEating disorders: Anorexia, bulimia

Prozac, Zoloft, Paxil, Effexor, Luvox



 Zyprexa, Solian


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 Prozac, Zoloft, Lexapro, Paxil, Celexa





Click to View Multiple Personality Disorder (MPD) or Dissociative Identity Disorder, DID






Click to ViewBorderline Personality Disorder, BPD





Click to ViewAttention-Deficit, ADHD


Adderall, Concerta, Cylert, Dexedrine, Dextrostat, Focalin, Metadate, Ritalin >6 yrs






Important Note: Never stop taking prescribed drugs of a medical doctor or psychiatrist without first consulting them. Stopping cold turkey might kill you! If you are on Neuroleptic by a judge's order, get a job and show you can function on your own and ask for your drugs to be reduced by your doctor. The more you show your psychiatrist you can function independently, responsibly and normally on your own, the fewer drugs they will prescribe. It's all up to you! The first step is to tell your doctor that the drugs are interfering with your ability to work. Ask your doctor to cut your drug dose down. After six months of working, go in again and ask him to reduce it again. As long as you can function independently, responsibly and normally on your own they will keep reducing the drugs over time at your request. Always work through your doctor. Never make any decisions to make drug or dosing changes without a doctor's oversight.


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