Adrenergic uptake inhibitor

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In medicine and pharmacology, adrenergic uptake inhibitors are medications that "block the transport of adrenergic transmitters into axon terminals or into storage vesicles within terminals. The tricyclic antidepressants and amphetamines are among the therapeutically important drugs that may act via inhibition of adrenergic transport. Many of these drugs also block transport of serotonin."[1]

Medical uses


Depression may be due to the monoamine-deficiency hypothesis, which is a "deficiency in serotonin or norepinephrine neurotransmission in the brain."[2]

By blocking the reuptake of norepinephrine and serotonin, adrenergic update inhibitors may overcome the mono-amine deficiency.[3]

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may be treated by the selective norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor, atomoxetine.


  1. Anonymous (2023), Adrenergic uptake inhibitor (English). Medical Subject Headings. U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  2. Belmaker RH, Agam G (2008). "Major depressive disorder". N. Engl. J. Med. 358 (1): 55–68. DOI:10.1056/NEJMra073096. PMID 18172175. Research Blogging.
  3. Katzung, Bertram G. (2006). “Antidepressant Agents”, Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, 10th. New York: McGraw-Hill Medical Publishing Division. ISBN 0-07-145153-6.