By Susan Barron
Pharmacokinetics: What Is It – Why Is It Important?
Recent Issues Related to Psychotropic Drugs and Metabolism
Grapefruit Juice and Metabolism
Individualized Therapy, Metabolic Differences, and Potential Prescribing Approaches for the Future
Other Controversial Issues
Juveniles and Psychopharmacology
The Elderly and Psychopharmacology
- Video: Neurotransmission
- Web: Description of how some drugs work and the brain areas involved - 1
- Web: Description of how some drugs work and the brain areas involved - 2
- Web: Information about how neurons communicate and the reward pathways
- Web: National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
- Web: National Institute of Drug Abuse
- Web: National Institute of Mental Health
- Web: Neurotransmission
- Web: Report of the Working Group on Psychotropic Medications for Children and Adolescents: Psychopharmacological, Psychosocial, and Combined Interventions for Childhood Disorders: Evidence Base, Contextual Factors, and Future Directions (2008):
- Web: Ways drugs can alter neurotransmission
- A drug that increases or enhances a neurotransmitter’s effect.
- A drug that blocks a neurotransmitter’s effect.
- A protein produced by a living organism that allows or helps a chemical reaction to occur.
- Enzyme induction
- Process through which a drug can enhance the production of an enzyme.
- Breakdown of substances.
- A chemical substance produced by a neuron that is used for communication between neurons.
- The action of a drug through the body, including absorption, distribution, metabolism, and excretion.
- The use of many medications.
- Psychoactive drugs
- A drug that changes mood or the way someone feels.
- Psychotropic drug
- A drug that changes mood or emotion, usually used when talking about drugs prescribed for various mental conditions (depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, etc.).
- The tiny space separating neurons.