Psychopharmacology Station


What is pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics? Ugh…

What are Neurotransmitters? 

What levels should be monitored?

Drug-drug interactions you need to know…

Mechanism of actions and other animations…

Summary Table

DisorderPharmacological Treatment Options
Psychotic DisordersTypical Antipsychotics (Haloperidol, Chlorpromazine, Perphenazine); Atypical Antipsychotics (Preferred) Olanzapine, Clozapine, Risperidone, Paliperidone, Quetiapine, Ziprasidone, Aripiprazole
Depressive DisordersSSRIs, SNRIs, ECT (for refractory severe depression)
Anxiety Disorders (Including OCD)SSRIs, SNRIs, Buspirone, Benzodiazepines (to stop panic attacks)
CatatoniaBenzodiazepines (IV Lorazepam), ECT (for malignant/severe/medication refractory cases)
Bipolar DisordersLithium, VPA (Depakote), Atypical Antipsychotics
NMSSupportive Care, Dantrolene, Dopamine Agonists (Bromocriptine), ECT
ADHD & NarcolepsyStimulants (Methylphenidate, Amphetamines, Modafinil), Atomoxetine, Imipramine
Personality DisordersBorderline Personality Disorder - Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
DeliriumTreat the medical cause, Antipsychotics as needed for agitation
Tourette'sAntipsychotics (Haloperidol)
Extrapyramidal SymptomsReduce dose or stop medication, use benztropine, trihexyphenidyl, diphenhydramine, or Benzodiazepines
Autism SpectrumAripiprazole, Risperidone (for aggression, agitation, irritaiblity, anger outbursts)
Alcohol WithdrawalBenzodiazepines, Barbiturates, B-blockers, alpha-2 agonists, Anticonvulsants, Thiamine, Fluids/Electrolytes
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