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Here’s our big a-to-z-to-я-to-ת-to-و-to-ん-to-蜗-to-하 2 list of all the drugs we have articles about, and the names we know them by, used to treat various psychiatric and neurological conditions, along with the conditions they treat. If this list is too daunting, try the a-to-z list of meds by their US brand and generic names.
The drugs should already be in alphabetical order by brand/product/trade3 name. Clicking on the column heads for generic name/INN4 and class5 will sort the list by those columns, and you can switch between ascending and descending order. While the default sort order and searching is based on the brand/product/trade name, in order to make my life slightly less difficult that it already is, the links will be via the generic name only.
We also have pages that group based upon what they treat: antidepressants, antiepileptic drugs/anticonvulsants, antipsychotics, headache & neuropathic pain medications, anxiolytics/anti-anxiety medications, and mood stabilizers.
We don’t have a page for every med, and we probably never will. We don’t cover every psychiatric condition in the DSM nor every neurological condition, and probably never will.
Drugs that come in immediate as well as extended / time-release versions, and different forms (tablets, oral solution, injection, etc.) are not listed separately on this page (E.g. all the different Risperdals); unless they have a radically different name.
Drugs approved by the US FDA6, including all domestic and overseas branded generic7 and trade names we know of, with links to the first letter of the first brand/trade or generic name starting with said letter.8 In the Latin alphabet at any rate. Links to other character sets are for all meds we could find something about in those names.
2. The Ever-Growing, Big-Ass List of All the Crazy Meds We Know of, by All the Names They’re Called.1
These are drugs approved outside of the US to treat various neurological or psychiatric conditions, but are not approved by the US FDA for whatever reasons. If you can get a prescription for these meds, it’s legal to import most of them for your own use. It’s just a real pain in the ass to do so. If your kid has a rare and heart-breaking condition that doesn’t respond to what’s available in the US and an overseas med is approved to treat it, what is known as an orphan drug, (Like Sabril (vigabatrin) for West syndrome, until Sabril was finally approved by the FDA), it’s a lot less of a pain in the ass. But if you want reboxetine because Strattera pooped out as an antidepressant, good fucking luck.
I can’t find a thing on the FDA’s site (or the DEA’s) about the legality of a consumer importing meds that aren’t approved. I doubt either agency is going to care all that much if you import three months worth of something your doctor prescribed. As long as it’s not a stimulant or benzodiazepine that isn’t otherwise available here. They probably wouldn’t care all that much if, after failing all available meds in the U.S., you import some drug that isn’t approved here but is approved elsewhere, so long as you have a doctor’s prescription. Which is why we list of few of the more popular ones that are imported, such as…reboxetine.
|Brand/Trade name||generic name||Class|
|dosulepin / dothiepin||dosulepin / dothiepin||Antidepressant|
|phenacemide & ethylphenacemide||phenacemide & ethylphenacemide||Antiepileptic Drug|
|pheneturide & acetylpheneturide||pheneturide & acetylpheneturide||Antiepileptic Drug|
Mosby’s Drug Consult 2007 (Generic Prescription Physician’s Reference Book Series) © 2007 An imprint of Elsevier.
1 That we've found. Not including nicknames like "Stupamax" or "Depabloat."
2 Or in whatever order the non-Latin character sets are sorted. You'll have to ASCII someone who knows better.
Yes, I know it's all Unicode now. I don't get many opportunities for atrocious computer puns these days.
3 "Brand name" is US nomenclature, "Product name" is what they use in Canada, "Trade name" is what most of the rest of the world uses.
4 INN - International Non-proprietary Name. What is supposed to be the one name everyone in the whole world uses, but doesn't.
5 As far as we're concerned. We currently group all crazy meds into three broad categories: antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) / anticonvulsants (ACs), antidepressants (ADs), and antipsychotics (APs). These classifications have more to do with chemistry than anything else. E.g. Strattera being classified as an antidepressant even though it is not approved to treat depression, Topamax being primarily prescribed to treat migraines. We save that sort of detail for the full-blown pages on each med.
6 As we are primarily a US-centric site we do segregate meds into those fully approved by the US FDA and for sale here, and those that are not. While we will have pages on meds only available outside of the US (e.g. reboxetine), it is probably less confusing to have meds that aren't readily available in the US listed separately. You're on your own in determining availability of FDA-approved drugs outside of the US, or of drugs not approved by the FDA that you might be able to get here.
7 The term "branded generic" has three meanings:
1) A generic drug produced by a generics manufacturer that is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the company that makes the branded version. E.g. Greenstone Pharmaceuticals makes gabapentin, and they are owned by Pfizer, who also own Parke-Davis, the makers of Neurontin.
2) A branded generic is also a generic drug given a 'brand' name by the manufacturer (e.g. Teva's Budeprion), but otherwise has the same active ingredient as the original branded version (Wellbutrin).
3) A branded generic is also a generic drug given a 'brand' name by the manufacturer (e.g. Sanofi-Aventis' Aplenzin, which is bupropion hydrobromide) and uses a salt of the active ingredient that is different from the original branded version and other generics (Wellbutrin, Budeprion and all the others are bupropion hydrochloride). The FDA says they're the same thing, and, as usual, the data are contradictory. While most evidence indicates that the FDA is right and the differences are negligible, keep in mind that base paroxetine is over 20 times as potent as base fluoxetine, but because of paroxetine's screwy pharmacokinetics and the way the salts are absorbed, it takes only 20mg of Prozac (fluoxetine hydrochloride) to be the equivalent of 10mg of Paxil (paroxetine hydrochloride).
For our purposes a "branded generic name" refers to the second and third definitions.
8 Because not everyone has or knows how to use the ctrl-f option on their browser. And there are only so many ways to misspell a med.
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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.
2 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?
[begin rant] I rent a dedicated server for Crazy Meds. It’s sitting on a rack somewhere in Southern California along with a bunch of other servers that other people have rented. The hardware is identical, but no two machines have exactly the same operating systems. I don’t even need to see what is on any of the others to know this. If somebody got their server at the exact same time, with the exact same features as I did, I’m confident that there would be noticeable differences in some aspects of the operating systems. So what does this mean? For one thing it means that no two computers in the same office of a single company have the same operating system, and the techs can spend hours figuring out what the fuck the problem could be based on that alone. It also means that application software like IP board that runs the forum here has to have so many fucking user-configurable bells and whistles that even when I read the manual I can’t find every setting, or every location that every flag needs to be set in order for a feature to run the way I want it to run. And in the real world it means you can get an MBA not only with an emphasis on resource planning, but with an emphasis on using SAP - a piece of software so complex there are now college programs on how to use it. You might think, “But don’t people learn how to use Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator in college?” Sure, in order to create stuff. And in a way you’re creating stuff with SAP. But do you get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Photoshop?
Back in the Big Iron Age the operating systems were proprietary, and every computer that took up an entire room with a raised floor and HVAC system, and had less storage and processing power than an iPhone, had the same operating system as every other one, give or take a release level. But when a company bought application software like SAP, they also got the source code, which was usually documented and written in a way to make it easy to modify the hell out of it. Why? Because accounting principles may be the same the world over, and tax laws the same across each country and state, but no two companies have the same format for their reports, invoices, purchase orders and so forth. Standards existed and were universally ignored. If something went wrong it went wrong the same way for everyone, and was easy to track down. People didn’t need to take a college course to learn how to use a piece of software.
I’m not against the open source concept entirely. Back then all the programmers read the same magazines, so we all had the same homebrew utilities. We even had the forerunner to QR Code to scan the longer source code. Software vendors and computer manufacturers sponsored conventions so we could, among other things, swap recipes for such add-ons and utilities. While those things would make our lives easier, they had nothing to do with critical functions of the operating system. Unless badly implemented they would rarely cause key application software to crash and burn. Whereas today, with open source everything, who the hell knows what could be responsible some part of a system failing. [/end rant]
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