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Medicine: an academic discipline devoted to the understanding and treatment of disorders of the human body.

MVP: mitral valve prolapse

Major Tranquilizers : the antipsychotic drugs such as the phenothiazines.

Mandro: see Diazepam

Mandro-Zep : see Diazepam

Manegan: see Trazodone

Manerix: see Moclobemide

MAOI : see Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor

Maprotiline: a Tricyclic Antiddepressant (TCA) medication. Includes brand names such as Ludiomil.

Mareen: see Doxepin

Margrilan: see Fluoxetine

Marplan: see Isocarboxazid

Martimil: see Nortryptyline

Maveral : see Fluvoxamine

Medication: a chemical substance that has a medical affect on the body. There are a wide variety of classes of medications used to treat anxiety disorders; including benzodiazepines, MAOIs, SRIs, SARIs, SSRIs, SNRIs, and TCAs.

Medilium : see Chlordiazepoxide

Medinal : see Barbital

Medipramine: see Imipramine

Melipramine : see Imipramine

Melode : see Diazepam

Mentalium : see Diazepam

Merlit : see Lorazepam

Meval : see Diazepam

Miketorin : see Amitryptiline

Minor Tranquilizers : an older term used to describe some anti-anxiety drugs such as the benzodiazepines.

Mipralin: see Imipramine

Mirtazapine: a medication that stimulates the release of norepinephrine and serotonin and blocks two subtypes of serotonin receptors (5:HT2 and 5:HT3). Also blocks alpha 2 receptors, resulting in increases of release of both serotonin and norepinephrine. Includes brand names such as Remeron.

Mitran: see Chlordiazepoxide

Mitriptyline: a tricyclic antidepressant (TCA) medication. Includes brand names such as Etrafon, Perphenazine, Triavil.

Moclobemide: a Reversable Inhibitrol of Monoamine Oxidase A (RIMA). Includes brand names such as Aurorix, Manerix.

Mogadon: see Nitrazepam

Molipaxin: see Trazodone

Monoamines: a class of hormones and/or neurotransmitters that includes the catecholamines (dopamine, epinephrine and norepinephrine) and the indoleamines (serotonin and melatonin).

Motival : see Nortryptyline

Multum: see Chlordiazepoxide

Murelax : see Oxazepam

Mutabon D : see Amitryptiline

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI): an inhibitor of one of the enzymes that degrades and thereby inactivates monoamine neurotransmitters. MAOIs act irreversibly and nonselectively. Includes medication such as phenelzine (Nardil), tranylcypromine (Parnate), and isocarboxazid (Marplan). Phenelzine is perhaps the most commonly prescribed MAOI for anxiety disorders. Generic names for MAOIs include brofaromine , isocarboxazid, moclobemide, pargyline, phenelzine, selegeline, tranylcypromine,. These medications are used much less than previously because the SSRIs, and other agents have been found to be as effective and the MAOIs have been associated with serious side effects. People who use MAOI medications have to adhere to a very strict diet that excludes all foods that contain high concentrations of certain dietary amino acids, such as tyramine, that are ordinarily degraded by monoamine oxidase enzymes.