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Desvenlafaxine vs fluoxetine


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the way they work is somewhat different. Fluoxetine is an SSRI, meaning its action is focused on serotonin reuptake ( it lowers the rate that serotonin is "reabsorbed" by the brain, leading to increased serotonin availability for receptors, which acts to lower depression... please no one tell me that is not totally unscientific, I'm just saying that for the purposes of this example). Desvenlafaxine is an SNRI, meaning it also effects serotonin, but has the added effect of slowing dopamine reuptake as well, which  means it acts on both serotonin and norepinephrine to combat depression, as opposed to ssris like fluoxetine which sticks to serotonin  

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