tricyclic antidepressant

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tricyclic antidepressant

n. Abbr. TCA
Any of a group of antidepressant drugs, such as amitryptyline, that contain three fused benzene rings and that block the reuptake of the neurotransmitters norepinephrine and serotonin in the central nervous system.
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Noun1.tricyclic antidepressant - an antidepressant drug that acts by blocking the reuptake of norepinephrine and serotonin and thus making more of those substances available to act on receptors in the brain
amitriptyline, amitriptyline hydrochloride, Elavil - a tricyclic antidepressant drug (trade name Elavil) with serious side effects; interacts with many other medications
antidepressant, antidepressant drug - any of a class of drugs used to treat depression; often have undesirable side effects
clomipramine - a tricyclic antidepressant drug
desipramine - a tricyclic antidepressant drug that activates the psychomotor system
Adapin, doxepin, doxepin hydrochloride, Sinequan - a tricyclic antidepressant (trade names Adapin and Sinequan) with numerous side effects (dry mouth and sedation and gastrointestinal disturbances)
Imavate, imipramine, impramine hydrochloride, Tofranil - a tricyclic antidepressant (trade names Imavate and Tofranil) used to treat clinical depression
nortriptyline, Pamelor - a tricyclic antidepressant drug (trade name Pamelor) used along with psychotherapy to treat dysthymic depression; may interact dangerously if taken with other drugs
protriptyline - tricyclic antidepressant used to treat clinical depression
Surmontil, trimipramine - tricyclic antidepressant drug (trade name Surmontil) used to treat depression and anxiety and (sometimes) insomnia