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Among the most frequently prescribed prescription medications are psychiatric drugs.  Originally developed and marketed for the extremely "mentally ill", those in psychiatric hospitals, the prescribing base for these drugs has been continuously widened to the point where antipsychotics could be the highest grossing class of drugs in 2009.  With the recent approval of the use of the antidepressant drug Cymbalta for general muscle pain the psychopharceutical net widens. 

To quote Janet Woodcock, director for the FDA's Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, "Up to three-quarters of the population experience chronic pain at some time in their lives." So it seems the approval of this drugs opens the door to three-quarters of the population being put on what actually is a psychiatric medication.

Below is a list of the top prescribed psychiatric drugs in 2009.  Included here are the brand names, generic names and whether or not this drug has attached to it FDA warnings regarding hostility, aggression or suicide. 

Brand Name Generic Name Special FDA Warnings about Hostility, Aggression,
Xanax alprazolam  
Lexapro escitalopram Special Black Box Warning
Ativan lorazepam  
Zoloft sertraline Special Black Box Warning
Prozac fluoxetine Special Black Box Warning
Desyrel trazodone Special Black Box Warning
Cymbalta duloxetine Special Black Box Warning
Seroquel quetiapine Special Black Box Warning
Effexor XR venlafaxine Special Black Box Warning
Valium diazepam  
Amphetamine salts Amphetamine salts  
Risperdal risperidone Special Black Box Warning
Vistaril hydroxyzine  
Bupropion bupropion Special Black Box Warning
Abilify aripiprazole Special Black Box Warning
Concerta methylphenidate Special Black Box Warning
Celexa citalopram Special Black Box Warning
Buspar buspirone  
Vyvanse lidexamfetimine Special Black Box Warning
Zyprexa olanzapine Special Black Box Warning
Adderall XR amphetamine and dextroamphetamine Special Black Box Warning
Wellbutrin XR bupropion XL Special Black Box Warning
Geodon ziprasidone Special Black Box Warning
Strattera atomoxetine Special Black Box Warning
Pristiq desvenlafaxine Special Black Box Warning



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