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 Modulators and Stimulators (SMS)[edit]

Serotonin Antagonists 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  • Nefazodone (Dutonin, Nefadar, Serzone) – withdrawn/discontinued in most countries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]

Norepinephrine–Dopamine Reuptake Inhibitors (NDRIs)[edit]

Amineptine (Survector, Maneon) and nomifensine (Merital, Alival) were also formerly marketed, but have since been withdrawn due to toxicity.[3]

Methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta) is also sometimes used as an antidepressant, but is not specifically approved for this purpose.[4][5]

Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse), an NDRA, was found to be ineffective as an adjunctive antidepressant in phase III clinical trials.[6][7]

Tricyclic Antidepressants (TCAs)[edit]

Butriptyline (Evadyne), demexiptiline (Deparon, Tinoran), fluacizine (Phtorazisin), imipraminoxide (Imiprex, Elepsin), iprindole (Prondol, Galatur, Tertran), metapramine (Timaxel), propizepine (Depressin, Vagran), and quinupramine (Kinupril, Kevopril) were also formerly marketed, but have since been discontinued.

Tiazesim (Altinil) and tofenacin (Elamol, Tofacine) are technically not TCAs, but are heterocyclic antidepressants that are very closely related, and similarly to various TCAs, are no longer marketed.

Amineptine (Survector, Maneon) and tianeptine (Stablon, Coaxil) are technically TCAs but are atypical, and are grouped elsewhere.

Tetracyclic Antidepressants (TeCAs)[edit]

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

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)[edit]



Many others, including benmoxin (Neuralex), iproclozide (Sursum), iproniazid (Marsilid), mebanazine (Actomol), nialamide (Niamid), octamoxin (Ximaol), pheniprazine (Catron), phenoxypropazine (Drazine), pivhydrazine (Tersavid), and safrazine (Safra) were used as antidepressants in the past, but have since been discontinued.

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]

  • 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)[10]


  • Buspirone (Buspar) – 5-HT1A receptor partial agonist – not specifically approved for depression (used off-label)
  • Lithium (Eskalith, Lithobid) – mood stabilizer (mechanism of action unknown/unclear) – not specifically approved for depression (used off-label)
  • Thyroxine (T4) – thyroid hormone (thyroid hormone receptor agonist) – not specifically approved for depression (used off-label)
  • Triiodothyronine (T3) – thyroid hormone (thyroid hormone receptor agonist) – not specifically approved for depression (used off-label)

Pindolol (Visken), a beta blocker and to a lesser extent 5-HT1A receptor weak partial agonist or functional antagonist, has sometimes been used off-label as an augmentation therapy for SSRIs, but a 2015 systematic review and meta-analysis found that it was ineffective.[11]

Combination Products[edit]

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