Glossary of Terms: Medications

Psychiatric medications, sometimes called psychotropic or psychotherapeutic medicines, treat mental illnesses.

While there are well over 100 medications commonly used in psychiatry, many resources exist to help you get the information you’re looking for:


  • Fact Sheets about individual psychiatric medications (scroll down to the Medications section) from NAMI-MN include FDA alerts, brand/generic names, possible side effects, drug interactions, and prescription assistance programs that may be available by the manufacturer.







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