By W. D. Horst (auth.), Dr. Sheldon H. Preskorn, Dr. John P. Feighner, Dr. Christina Y. Stanga, Ruth Ross (eds.)
This e-book is being released as we mark the tip of the 1st 50 years of the trendy antidepressant period. this period begun with the opportunity discovery that tri- clic antidepressants and monoamine oxidase inhibitors had antidepressant p- perties. That discovery had 3 effects. First, it introduced uncomplicated and potent therapy to sufferers being affected by significant depressive health problems. moment, those discoveries, including the invention of lithium and chlorpromazine, started the remedicalization of psychiatry through making it transparent that the remedy of some of the significant psychiatric health problems could be approached within the comparable approach as different health conditions. although, the main far-reaching impact was once to supply the 1st clue as to what mechanisms may perhaps underlie antidepressant efficacy, a improvement that has resulted in an explosion within the variety of to be had an- depressants and to their frequent use. The target of this e-book is to supply a radical evaluate of the present prestige of antidepressants—how we arrived at this aspect of their evolution and the place we're entering into either the close to and the longer term. The e-book employs either a systematic and old method of accomplish those targets. The booklet is meant for practitioners who use antidepressants each day of their perform in addition to for the scholar and researcher. every one will locate that the ebook presents a finished and logical method of this crucial staff of medicines. the significance of the publication is a functionality of its topic.
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72 73 73 73 73 74 74 10 Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 75 References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Abstract A number of general pharmacokinetic principles and properties apply to all drugs; these include absorption, distribution, metabolism, elimination, half-life and steady-state concentration, and linear versus nonlinear pharmacokinetics.
Lithium, as an agent for treating mania, is well known to block inositol monophosphatase, a critical enzyme in the synthesis of phosphatidylinositol and the subsequent production of IP3 (Hokin and Dixon 1993; Parthasarathy et al. 1994). It has been suggested that this is the mechanism of lithiums anti-manic action, since the influences on IP3 occur at therapeutic doses (Baraban et al. 1989; Belmaker et al. 1990). Other pharmacological observations support this hypothesis (Kofman and Belmaker 1993).
Antidepressants: Past, Present and Future by W. D. Horst (auth.), Dr. Sheldon H. Preskorn, Dr. John P. Feighner, Dr. Christina Y. Stanga, Ruth Ross (eds.)