Psychotropic Medications, Drug Abuse and Alcohol

Psychotropic Medications, Drug Abuse and Alcohol

Examples of Psychotropic Medications, Drug Abuse and Alcohol – Pharmacology

Drug Classification Purpose Side Effects Contraindications

CNS Stimulant Medication

  1. Adderall
  1. Ritalin
Promote CNS functioning.

Treat ADD or paradoxically ADHD in children over age 6 and for narcolepsy.

Treatment of senile apathy and major depression not yielding to other therapies.

Nervousness, insomnia, irritability, seizures, or psychosis from overdose.

Tachycardia, palpitations, HTN, cardiac arrhythmias, blurred vision, headache and dizziness.

GI disturbances, including abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, anorexia and dry mouth.

Closed-angle glaucoma, hyperthyroidism, cardiovascular disorders, anxiety, agitation, eating disorders, and treatment for obesity without diet and exercise modifications.


Antidepressant. It potentiates the action of norepinephrine and serotonin activity by blocking their reuptake.

Anticholinergic action.

Delayed action of elevating mood and increasing alertness after few weeks. Mild sedative effect; improved sleep.

Dry mouth, increase appetite, weight gain, drowsiness, blurred vision, constipation, urinary retention with BPH, postural hypotension.

Cardiac arrhythmias and palpitation.

Cardiac, renal, GI and liver disorders.



Seizure disorder; older adults with high risk for falls.



Antidepressant. Increase concentration of norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine by inhibiting MAO enzyme.

Reserved for refractory or atypical depressions or those associated with panic disorders or phobias.

HTN, nervousness, agitation, insomnia, headache, stiff neck, chest pain, tachycardia, palpitation, blurred vision and GI disturbances such as N&V. Cerebrovascular, heart, liver and renal disorders.

Children under 16 years age.

Abrupt discontinuation,

Undergoing elective surgery requiring anesthesia.

Excessive consumption of caffeine.


Serotonin Reuptak Inhibitors

  1. Zoloft
  1. Prozac
  1. Effexor

Antidepressant – first line of medications.

Block reabsorption of the neurotransmitter serotonin, helping to restore brain’s chemical balance.

Sexual dysfunction, insomnia, anxiety, nervousness, sweating, tremor, fatigue and headache.

Nausea, anorexia, and diarrhea.

Dose related HTN.

Liver and renal impairments.

Suicide prone and bipolar disorders.

Diabetes, underweight and eating disorders.

Heterocyclics drugs



Activating antidepressant; treatment of severe depression caused by fatigue, lethargy and psychomotor retardation. Reduce relapse rates in those who are quitting smoking.

Calming antidepressant; treatment of agitated depression, mixed anxiety and depression, and fibromyalgia.

Drowsiness, dry mouth and nausea.

Dizziness and confusion.

Insomnia, restlessness, agitation and anxiety.

Weight gain.

Priapism or impotence.

Suicide prone.

Seizure disorder.

Cardiac or liver disorders.

Antimaniac Meds

  1. Lithium
  1. Depakote

Treatment of acute manic episodes and maintenance of remission in bipolar disorders (inhibits relapse of dopamine and norepinephrine, but not serotonin).

Prevent future episodes.

Depakote is an anticonvulsant valporate that is used in mood stabilization.

GI distress. Thirst and polyuria.

Cardiac arrhythmias and hypotension.

Lethargy, slurred speech, tremors and muscle weakness.

Thyroid problems.

Sever toxic and can cause CNS, renal and pulmonary problems.

Renal and cardiac disease.

History of leukemia. Fever.

Metabolic disorders; sodium depletion. Dehydration and diuretic use.

Suicidal and impulsive patients.

Antianxiety Medication

  1. Ativan
  1. Xanax
  1. Valium

Short-term treatment of anxiety disorders, neurosis for psychotherapy, some psychosomatic disorders and insomnia, and nausea and vomiting.

Muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants and preoperatively.

Reduce anxiety and promote relaxation without sedation effect when given in small dose.

Depression, hallucinations, confusion, amnesia, bizarre behavior and agitation.

Drowsiness, headache and lethargy.

Sensitivity to sunlight, rash and itching.

Tremor, ataxia, and extrapyramidal reactions.

Suicidal tendencies.

Liver or kidney dysfunction.

Operating machinery.

Comatose patients.

Preexisting CNS depression.

Uncontrolled sever pain.

Some contain alcohol.

Antipsychotic Medications

  1. Thorazine
  1. Haldol
  1. Mellaril
  1. Zyprexa

Relieve symptoms of psychoses and sever neuroses, including delusions, agitation, hallucinations, and combativeness.

Relieving nausea and vomiting.

Potentiation of analgesics.

Blocks dopamine receptors (anticholinergic action to some extent).

Postural hypotension, tachycardia, bradycardia and vertigo.

Insomnia, headache, depression, agitation, confusion, drowsiness, restlessness, weakness, and seizure.

Blurred vision, dry mouth, fever, jaundice, rash, and photosensitivity.

Constipation, urinary retentions, and anorexia.

Parkinsonian symptoms, tardive dyskinesia, dystonic reactions (spasms of neck, head, or tongue) and akathisia (motor restlessness).

Seizure disorders.

Parkinsonian syndrome.

Cerebral vascular disease.

Severe depression.

Blood dyscrasias.

CNS depression, circulatory collapse could occur.

Bone marrow depression.

Liver or cardiovascular disorders.

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2 Responses to “Psychotropic Medications, Drug Abuse and Alcohol”

    ADHD in me on August 2, 2010 :

    Does Ritalin or Adderall help you concentrate better on tasks? If you are working or focusing on something such as college students preparing for the finals, which one works best?

    General on November 26, 2015 :

    Chay – Sep 23, 2010 Exercise is one of the best natural ways to cobamt depression since it releases endorphins. Your diet is also very important. Foods high in omega-3 are good. Like fish. Also serotonin helps battle depression and there are natural ways to get serotonin. Eating food with tryptophan helps your body make serotonin. Try foods like turkey, black eyed-peas, black and english walnuts, almonds, sesame or pumpkin seeds, and cheddar, gruyere, or swiss cheese. To a lesser extent whole grains, and rice are also helpful.Along with nutrition and exercise, getting counseling is also important since battling depression on your own is very difficult

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