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Pargyline: a medication. Includes brand names such as Eutonyl.

Partial Agonist: a substance that stimulates receptors on neurons but not as much as an agonist (full agonist).

Pharmacodynamics: the study of how drugs act in the body and especially in the brain

Pharmacology: the branch of science concerned with understanding the clinical application and effects of medications.

Pharmacotherapy: medication therapy

Pharmacokinetics: the study of how the body acts on drugs, for example, metabolism and excretion.

Phenobarbital: an old barbiturate medication once used in the treatment of anxiety and still used in the treatment of seizure disorders such including epilepsy. Sometimes called phenobarb. Includes brand names such as Luminal.

Phenochromocytoma: a tumor of the adrenal gland that results in the over-production of epinephrine and norepinephrine.

Phenylethylamine: a pleasure-producing chemical that is a natural ingredient in chocolate and is usually associated with the functioning of the limbic system.

Placebo Effect: the psychological effect of taking a placebo.

PRN: pro re nata (Latin for "as needed")

Propranolol: a medication. Includes brand names include Inderal

Psychopharmacology: the study of drugs used to treat psychiatric or psychological conditions or problems.

Paceum: see Diazepam

Pacitran : see Diazepam

Pamelor: see Nortryptyline

Paralium: see Diazepam

Pargyline: a medication. Includes brand names such as Eutonyl.

Parnate: see Tranylcypromine

Parstelin : see Tranylcypromine

Parzam : see Diazepam

Paroxetine: a Serotonin Selective Reuptake Inhibitor (SSRI) medication. Includes brand names such as Aropax, Deroxat, Paxil, Seroxal, Seroxat.

Pax : see Diazepam

Paxate : see Diazepam

Paxil : see Paroxetine

Paxium : see Chlordiazepoxide

Paxon: see Buspirone Hydrochloride

Paxtibi : see Nortryptyline

Paxum : see Diazepam

Perphenazine : see Mitriptyline

Pertofran : see Desipramine

Pharmadin : see Diazepam

Pharnax : see Alprazolam

Phenelzine : an Monoamine Oxidase A Inhibitor (MOAI) medication. Brand names include Nardil.

Pinsanu : see Amitryptiline

Pinsaun : see Amitryptiline

Placebo (sugar pill) : a technique or medication that contains no active ingredient and presumably therefore has no physical benefit. Placebos are generally administered in such a way that the person is reasonably sure that they are in fact receiving the active treatment. Placebos are often used in the study of the effectiveness of new medications to distinguish between the medical/physical and the purely psychological affects of taking a medication.

Placidox: see Diazepam

Planum : see Temazepam

Plidan : see Diazepam

Pomin: see Diazepam

Poxi: see Chlordiazepoxide

Pragmarel : see Trazodone

Presamine : see Imipramine

Prolactin: a hormone. Excess prolactin production that results from hypothyroidism, some medications, and stress can result in a number of symptoms including reduce sex drive and desire (libido). Prolactin release is controlled by dopamine levels.

Primonil : see Imipramine

Prinox: see Alprazolam

Prodep : see Fluoxetine

Propam: see Diazepam

Prothiaden: see Dothiepin

Prozac: see Fluoxetine

Punktyl : see Lorazepam

Punktyl: see Lorazepam

Psychopax: see Diazepam

Pryleugan: see Imipramine

Prozepam: see Diazepam

Psicofar: see Chlordiazepoxide