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  • Reference information on various drugs, prescription or otherwise. We may in the future expand this series to cover other topics relevant to mental health.



    Klonopin Quick Facts

    Klonopin belongs to the benzodiazepine family of pharmaceuticals (other examples include Xanax, Rohypnol, and Valium, to name a few). Klonopin works as an anxiolytic (antianxiety) drug, typically used in the treatment of anxiety and panic disorders.

    Risperdal Quick Facts

    Risperdal is a second-generation antipsychotic. It works by reducing dopamine, serotonin and norepinephrine levels in the brain.

    Generic Name: Risperidone

    Buspar Quick Facts

    Buspar is a antianxiety drug used to treat Generalized Anxiety Disorder.

    Generic Name: Buspirone

    Zopiclone Quick Facts

    Zopiclone is a non-benzodiazepine hypnotic typically used to treat insomnia. It is a controlled substance.

    Melatonin Quick Facts

    Melatonin is a neurotransmitter which regulates one’s sleep cycle.

    Prometrium Quick Facts

    Prometrium (Progesterone) is a “bioidentical” hormone in the progestin class of hormones. Unlike other progestin sources, the bioidentical term indicates that the progestin used is structurally identical to human progesterone. Prometrium is a plant derived progesterone suspended in peanut oil in a capsule. Prometrium is micronized Progesterone suspended in peanut oil. Brand Names: Prometrium Generic […]

    Estradiol Valerate Quick Facts

    Estradiol Valerate is a synthetic estrogen introduced in the 1950’s and remains one of the most commonly prescribed forms of estradiol due to its longer half-life over other forms of estradiol. Brand Names: Delestrogen Primary Uses: Hormone Replacement Therapy for menopausal women Treatment of advanced androgen dependent prostate cancers Other Uses: Hormone Therapy in male […]

    Ambien Quick Facts

    Ambien is a powerful prescription sleep medication, in addition to being classified as a controlled substance in the United States. It is used to treat insomnia and poor sleep quality, usually prescribed by a psychiatrist as opposed to a primary care or family physician. It falls under the drug category of sedative-hypnotics and functions as a CNS depressant, working by slowing activity in the brain.

    Seroquel Quick Facts

    Seroquel is an atypical antipsychotic, with FDA approval for use in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

    Marijuana Quick Facts

    Marijuana is a street drug which is produced via the preparation of the Cannabis plant. The primary active ingredient is THC, but contains over 60 other cannabinoids as well. Marijuana is typically smoked or otherwise inhaled, or consumed orally. In the US, it is classified as a Schedule I drug.