List of antidepressants

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This is a complete list of clinically approved prescription antidepressants throughout the world, as well as clinically approved prescription drugs used to augment antidepressants, by pharmacological and/or structural classification. Chemical/generic names are listed first, with brand names in parentheses. All drugs listed are approved specifically for major depressive disorder unless noted otherwise.

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)[edit]

Serotonin–norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)[edit]

Serotonin modulator and stimulators (SMSs)[edit]

Serotonin antagonist and reuptake inhibitors (SARIs)[edit]

  • Nefazodone (Dutonin, Nefadar, Serzone) – withdrawn/discontinued in most countries
  • Trazodone (Desyrel)

Norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (NRIs)[edit]

Although marketed as an antidepressant, a meta-analysis found that reboxetine was ineffective and potentially harmful.[1]

Atomoxetine (Strattera) is an NRI approved to treat ADHD which may be used off-label for depression although evidence of efficacy is poor.[2][3][4][5]

Norepinephrine–dopamine reuptake inhibitors (NDRIs)[edit]

Tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs)[edit]

Tetracyclic antidepressants (TeCAs)[edit]

Mianserin, mirtazapine, and setiptiline are also sometimes described as noradrenergic and specific serotonergic antidepressants (NaSSAs).

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs)[edit]



Selective for MAO-B[edit]



Caroxazone (Surodil, Timostenil) was formerly used as an antidepressant, but has been discontinued.

Selective for MAO-A[edit]

These drugs are sometimes described as reversible inhibitors of MAO-A (RIMAs).

Eprobemide (Befol) and minaprine (Brantur, Cantor) were also formerly used as antidepressants, but have been discontinued.



  • Bifemelane (Alnert, Celeport) – RIMA, irreversible inhibitor of MAO-B, and weak NRI





The following antidepressants are available both with a prescription and over-the-counter:

Adjunctive treatments[edit]

Atypical antipsychotics[edit]

  • Amisulpride (Solian) – specifically approved, in low doses, as a monotherapy for dysthymia
  • Aripiprazole (Abilify) – specifically approved as an adjunct for major depressive disorder
  • Brexpiprazole (Rexulti) – specifically approved as an adjunct for major depressive disorder
  • Lurasidone (Latuda) – specifically approved for depressive episodes in bipolar disorder
  • Olanzapine (Zyprexa) – specifically approved as an adjunct for major depressive disorder
  • Quetiapine (Seroquel) – approved as an adjunct for both major depressive disorder and depressive episodes in bipolar disorder
  • Risperidone (Risperdal) – not specifically approved as an adjunct for major depressive disorder (used off-label)

Typical antipsychotics[edit]

  • Trifluoperazine (Stelazine) – not specifically approved as an adjunct for major depressive disorder (used off-label)[10]


Combination products[edit]


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