Small but handy table: Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) vs. Selective Serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
SNRIs are a class of drugs used for the treatment of depression in patients in whom SSRIs are ineffective. 5- HT (serotonin) and norepinephrine (noradrenaline) are released from the nerve terminal to the synaptic cleft and bind to post-synaptic receptors. Drugs like venlafaxine, duloxetine, and the newer desvenlafaxine – all of them Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors- block proteins in the pre-synaptic neuron that act as re-uptakers. This increases the concentration of both neurotransmitters at the synaptic cleft.
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Finkel, Richard, Michelle Alexia Clark, and Luigi X Cubeddu. Pharmacology. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2009. Print.