Psychiatric medications and their associated uses

Our medication managements specialist use some of the mediations listed below. Please note that this information is provided only for informational purposes – if you have questions about what is the best treatment for you, please contact us to set up an appointment – none of what follows is intended for diagnostic purposes.


Sertraline (Sertraline hydrochloride)

Sertraline is an antidepressant medication belonging to the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) class. It’s commonly prescribed for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD), obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Wellbutrin (Bupropion)

Bupropion is an antidepressant that works by affecting the balance of neurotransmitters in the brain, particularly dopamine and norepinephrine. It’s used to treat major depressive disorder (MDD) and seasonal affective disorder (SAD). It’s also prescribed as a smoking cessation aid under the brand name Zyban.

Lexapro (Escitalopram)

Escitalopram is an SSRI antidepressant used primarily for the treatment of MDD and generalized anxiety disorder (GAD).

Prozac (Fluoxetine)

Fluoxetine is another SSRI antidepressant commonly used for the treatment of MDD, OCD, panic disorder, bulimia nervosa, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

Effexor (Venlafaxine)

Venlafaxine is a serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI) used to treat MDD, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), panic disorder, and social anxiety disorder.

Mood Stabilizers and Antipsychotics

Lamictal (Lamotrigine)

Lamotrigine is primarily used as a mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder. It can help prevent episodes of mania, hypomania, and depression.

Abilify (Aripiprazole)

Aripiprazole is an atypical antipsychotic medication used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder (as an adjunct to antidepressants), and irritability associated with autism spectrum disorder.

Seroquel (Quetiapine)

Quetiapine is another atypical antipsychotic used to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depressive disorder (as an adjunct to antidepressants). It’s also prescribed off-label for insomnia due to its sedative effects.

Anxiolytics and Sedatives

Trazodone (Trazodone hydrochloride)

Trazodone is a medication primarily used to treat major depressive disorder. It’s also commonly prescribed off-label for insomnia due to its sedative properties.

Hydroxyzine (Hydroxyzine hydrochloride)

Hydroxyzine is an antihistamine used for the treatment of anxiety and tension, as well as to relieve itching due to allergic conditions.

Buspar (Buspirone)

Buspirone is an anxiolytic medication used to treat generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). It’s thought to work by affecting serotonin and dopamine receptors in the brain.

ADHD Medications

Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine)

Lisdexamfetamine is a stimulant medication used to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and binge eating disorder (BED).

Adderall (Amphetamine and dextroamphetamine)

Adderall is a combination medication containing amphetamine and dextroamphetamine. It’s used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy.

Methylphenidate (Methylphenidate hydrochloride)

Methylphenidate is a central nervous system stimulant used for the treatment of ADHD and narcolepsy. It’s available under various brand names, including Ritalin and Concerta.

Dual-Action Antidepressant and Pain Management

Cymbalta (Duloxetine)

Duloxetine is a dual-action antidepressant used to treat MDD, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), neuropathic pain associated with diabetic peripheral neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and chronic musculoskeletal pain.