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Med Clin North Am. 2010 Nov;94(6):1141-60, x. doi: 10.1016/j.mcna.2010.08.009.

An approach to the psychopharmacologic care of patients: antidepressants, antipsychotics, anxiolytics, mood stabilizers, and natural remedies.

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  • 1Harvard Medical School, 260 Longwood Avenue, Boston, MA 20115, USA.


The number of safe and effective medication treatments for psychiatric illness has expanded substantially over the past 10 to 15 years. Knowing when and how to prescribe psychotropics--and knowing which medication to prescribe--can be challenging, but with knowledge of some basic principles, this task can be performed adeptly by physicians of all specialties. In this article, the authors discuss basic principles of psychopharmacology and outline an approach to using several commonly prescribed classes of medications.

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