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HOPES: Huntington's Outreach Project for Education, at Stanford
Sep
13
2011

Antidepressants and HD

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Jun
30
2011

About Huntington’s Disease and Serotonin

Serotonin (also known as 5-HT) is a neurotransmitter used to communicate important information between nerve cells. Serotonin is sometimes referred to as the “feel good” neurotransmitter owing to its association with elevated mood levels. It also has many other functions in the central nervous system including roles in sleep, depression, memory, pain, and aggression. Recent [...]

Jun
30
2010

Fluoxetine

Drug Summary: Fluoxetine (also known as Prozac) is part of the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) . It is usually prescribed to treat depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) in people with and without HD. While fluoxetine has traditionally been used to treat behavioral symptoms, recent observations indicate that it may also be helpful in treating other aspects of HD.

Jun
30
2010

Paroxetine

Drug Summary: Paroxetine (also known as Paxil) is part of the class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). Paroxetine is a commonly prescribed drug for depression and severe anxiety in people with and without HD. While it has traditionally been used to treat psychiatric disorders, new research suggests that it may also [...]

Jun
30
2010

SSRIs

Recent research has shown that levels of serotonin in the brains of HD mice are lower than normal. A common and effective way to increase the amount of serotonin in the brain is by prescribing a class of drugs known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs). How do SSRIs work? In order to understand how [...]