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Abbreviations and terminology, brand and generic drug names

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For brand and generic drug names see:






or use a search engine, eg google




Abbreviations and terminology list in alphabetical order:


AAF Acknowledge, Accept, Float.  

A strategy for handling a myriad of psychological symptoms.  Acknowledge that the symptoms are real, Accept that they can't harm you and that there is nothing you can do about them, let them Float off as you go on about your business


AD antidepressant


ADD attention deficit disorder


ADHD attention deficit hyperactive disorder


ADR adverse drug reaction


AP antipsychotic


benzo is a contraction of benzodiazepine, the class of Valium-type sedative drugs.


CBT Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,

a strategy for changing the way you view your thoughts to help control anxiety and panic among other thing.


CFS chronic fatigue syndrome

CNS central nervous system


CT Cold Turkey or the abrupt quitting of the drug in question.  


BP bipolar


DC decrease/d


DH Dear Husband


DP depersonalization


DR derealization


DW Dear Wife (not dish washer)


Dx diagnosis


ECT electroconvulsive shock therapy (sometimes also called EST I think)


EPS extrapyramidal symptoms


FIL Father in Law


GAD generalized anxiety disorder


GAPS diet stands for Gut and Psychology Syndrome


HI homicidal ideation


ID WD interdose withdrawal


MAOI monoamine oxidase inhibitor (older class of antidepressants)


MDD major depressive disorder


mgai milligrams of active ingredient (acronym used in weighing doses with a digital scale)


mgpw milligrams pill weight (acronym used in weighing doses with a digital scale)


MIL Mother in Law


OP other person


OTC over the counter


PGAD persistent genital arousal disorder


PRN latin "pro re nata" = as required


PSSD post-SSRI sexual dysfunction


PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


RI reinstatement


RLS Restless Leg Syndrome


Rx prescription


SI suicidal ideation


SNRI serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (certain antidepressants, such as Effexor)


SO Significant Other


SRI serotonin reuptake inhibitor


SSRI selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (antidepressants like Prozac for example)


SS serotonin syndrome


ST serotonin toxicity (same as SS, more appropriate name for such)


Sx symptom


TCA tricyclic antidepressants


TD tardive dyskinesia (involuntary movement, movement disorder, often involving the tongue or lips )


Tx treatment


WD is a contraction for Withdrawal

and is referring to the various symptoms that are associated with tapering off of one of these drugs. There is a big controversy over the use of the term "withdrawal" because the medical community has a very specific definition for the word which they think doesn't fit what we are experiencing.  To counter this they came up with the phrase "Discontinuation Syndrome".


WDnormal is withdrawal normal

short hand for "all the symptoms I have been feeling lately but am to lazy to list them over and over again".  It is a variable term that changes with the set of symptoms a person is feeling.


YMMV is your mileage may vary




I just wanted to start a new topi, as I am feeling poorly.

Anyhow, so many acronyms on this site, what do they all mean?


WD is Withdrawal syndrome


CT  is that convulsive therapy?  



Sorry  I think we need a list somewhere, what all these mean.


Sorry a newbie, the site is fantastic.


I no longer feel all alone in this world.


Edited by ChessieCat

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Hi ang,


I think CT refers to cold turkey.


I feel your frustration with acronyms.   There are posters on sleep apnea board I hang out at who do this constantly.  I always have to do a google search for the translation:)


Glad you don't feel alone and hope you feel better.




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20 hours ago, ChessieCat said:

I'd also like to suggest that the full list of acronyms be added to the very first post of this topic.


Good idea. This will take some editing and updating, do you want to take it on?


The drug name topic hadn't been updated for years, so I combined it with this one. We cannot hope to keep up with them. Dr. Google is the best source for drug names and alternatives.

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Okay.  What I've done.


I've added all the abbreviations to the first post


I've retitled the topic to include drug names


I've hidden all the unnecessary posts (for later deletion?)


Added this to the top of the first post:


For brand and generic drug names see:






Are there any other links which might be helpful?  For example drug interaction checker links?  medscape and drugs.com


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On 1/27/2019 at 1:52 PM, ChessieCat said:

For example drug interaction checker links?  medscape and drugs.com


Drugs.com Interactions Checker  https://www.drugs.com/drug_interactions.php


Medscape requires a free registration.


Pubmed -- US government's international database of medical journal articles https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/


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