This module discusses characteristics of the main classes of medications commonly known as antidepressants:
It is not designed to take the place of expert knowledge or the use of a medicines handbook for prescribing medication choice and dose. It aims to help nurses understand the medications better and support patients in their use.
Given the rate of antidepressant prescribing in Australia, it is likely that all nurses working with adults will be caring for someone taking antidepressant medication. This module is aimed at all nurses who provide care to people taking antidepressants.
Prior knowledge of depression and anxiety disorders is assumed, and this module does not include information on diagnosis or overall management. It is therefore recommended that prior to undertaking this module, the modules on identification and management and treatment of depression are completed.
At the end of this module participants will be able to: