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What are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants?

John Preston, PsyD
Psychology
Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are the most commonly prescribed antidepressants because they have been proven effective and safe for most people. SSRIs work by increasing the availability of the neurotransmitter serotonin in the brain. Common SSRIs include Lexapro (escitalopram), Celexa (citalopram), Prozac (fluoxetine), Paxil (paroxetine) and Zoloft (sertra-line).
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