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What does "selective" mean in selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor?
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Dr. Donald Haupt
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In brief: Just one type
"selective" in this case refers to the fact that the previous generation of antidepressants, the tricyclics, worked on all 3 of the neurotransmitters in the brain thought to be involved in depression in varying degrees; serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.
Prozac, (fluoxetine) and the other ssris act almost entirely on serotonin.

In brief: Just one type
"selective" in this case refers to the fact that the previous generation of antidepressants, the tricyclics, worked on all 3 of the neurotransmitters in the brain thought to be involved in depression in varying degrees; serotonin, norepinephrine, and dopamine.
Prozac, (fluoxetine) and the other ssris act almost entirely on serotonin.
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