I've been reviewing an antidepressant chart*
I got off the internet earlier in the week. For those who decide to review it, some
of the information is out of date, since it was taken down in 2004. Within a ten year's time, observations about medication performance change as well, so this table has some outdated data about dosage levels for Lexapro and Celexa, as well as a mention of an antidepressant (Serzone) that is hardly prescribed, so this chart does have a few flaws. If you're interested, Ian noted some of these discrepancies in more detail in the Weight Loss thread.
Aside from that, this chart lists antidepressant prices. Luckily I have a good insurance program, which covers a big chunk of my medications, so I don't pay full price for my medications. I can only imagine how it must feel for those with tighter budgets, without insurance, to get psychiatric medications, despite having other financial obligations. Yet I know how important psychiatric health is; without the cooperative use of our brain, we can't really function.
The chart lists the prices between tricyclics, SSRIs and one SNRI. Tricylcis are priced much cheaper. I've never actually taken a tricylic, but I know the dosages are more evenly distributed through the day, so a user may take two to three pills a day, versus taking one for a SSRI. Yet obviously tricylic users are not charged by the pill, since they're cheaper to SSRIs which are taken by one pill per day. Could anyone answer why Tricyclics are cheaper than SSRIs?
Is it because tricyclics are older, and so more modernized SSRIs are just deemed better? If I went by price, I would assume the SSRIs are better antidepressants, however I know that's not the case, because many people who can't use SSRIs, find success with a tricyclic. I'm assuming the price may relate to the companies that produce these medications?
If anyone is familiar with MAOIs like Parnate (tranyclcypromine) or Nardil (Phenelzine) which seem to be more popular in Canada, Asia and Austrailla (but less so in the United States, are MAOIs cheaper than SSRIs, like the tricylcis?Thanks for any help. $$$$$$ :)