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Are Inhalants Depressants Or Stimulants
Depressants: Most general anesthetic agents (both those given intravenously and those that are inhaled) are strong respiratory depressants because they decrease the body's urge to breathe. Specifically, they eliminate the ventilatory drive in response to hypoxia (low oxygen) and reduce the ventilatory drive in response to hypercarbia (high carbon dioxide). There are, of course, exceptions. ...Read more
Complex question: There are many classes of non-stimulant "adhd" meds some of which may target some adhd symptoms more than others - just take a look at adhd criteria - even stimulant medications can impact different cognitive functions at different levels. By and large stimulant meds are effective in 70% of adhd cases, a claim few other medications have been able to match in controled studies. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Not really: All of the otc stimulants are essentially the same. ...Read more
They are neither: They tend, in most people, to be sedating so they could be considered depressants, but in most people, in therapeutic doses, they are neither stimulating or depressant. ...Read more
Very different: Benzodiazepines bzd develop tolerance and can be addictive. Antidepressants ad are not. All bzd effect gaba and are different only in half life and onset of action are used for anxiety or insomnia short term. Ad can help anxiety or insomnia as well as depression on a longer term basis by several different mechnisms effecting serotonin, norepinephrine, and/or Dopamine in various ways. ...Read more
A few: Mao inhibitors and maprotiline which are antidepressants not commonly used and linezolid, an antibiotic are the only absolute contraindications. However, all medications can interact with each other and it is always important to make each one of your prescribeing physicians aware of any other medications and of any health supplements or herbal products you may be takiing. ...Read more
Are all stimulants for ADHD addicting? Or do they have ones that aren't as potent but still are as effective? Such as extended release?
Stimulants: Usually both.Get a more detailed answer ›
Why are drugs like cocaine illegal? If caffeine and alcohol are used for there psychoactive effects. Why isn't cocaine in moderation legal too?
Read your history: Since the beginning of civilization, every human society has had its own particular customs, traditions & laws re what's "licit" & what's ILlicit. Not just psychoactive chemicals, but everything, e.g. marriage. The roots of what substances are legal & which aren't are not rational: they're social, cultural & historical. There are many books about this fascinating subject for the general reader. ...Read more
Are there other ways to affect GABA (to reduce anxiety) besides benzos, aeds like depakote, or alcohol?
Not the only pathway: There are gaba supplements, but these have variable effects and may or may not be helpful for you. Gaba is also not the only pathway to anxiety relief. Please consider working with a psychologist or other mental health professional on your anxiety. Self-initiated practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, and breathing exercises are also very helpful. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do any other antihistamines of as strong or stronger antienetic power as phenergan (promethazine)? Or are all their antienetic properties just dose dependent?
Drug interactions.: Strattera (atomoxetine) contraindications include: monoamine oxidase inhibitors, leflunomide, selgiline, teriflunomide, lomitapide, furazolidone, isocarboxazid, mipomersen, linezolid, procarbazine, tranlcypromine, pimozide, phenelzine; dose adjustments are needed for medications like paroxetine, quinidine, fluoxetine (cyp2d6 inhibitors). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Great question: Never heard of anyone talk of anti-stimulants, but certainly there are people that are too hyper, manic, or need to just calm down! more seriously, there are a range of tranquilizers, mood stabilizers, and other meds that can help, and stimulants tend to settle down adhd folks. All meds have risks and side effects and the right med always depends on getting a good diagnostic assessment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Please list some OTC anxiolytics or meds with anxiolytic properties, apart from benzos and barbs which are not otc.
Saint John's Wort: There are multiple over the counter agents with potentially anxiolytic properties. It is presently thought that saint john's wort or kava kava could reduce anxiety. Valerian root has also been described as reducing anxiety. Additionally, Diphenhydramine could potentially reduce anxiety and this medications is available for purchase over the counter. Stay safe! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Which ssri meds or meds for OCD and anxiety problems are the safest to take with stimulant ADHD medications like ritalin (methylphenidate) ir ?
CAUTION: Ocd meds are antidepressants. Antidepressants by default are activating/stimulating meds. They will be an add on with stimulant use to cause you overstimulated agitated, restless, a. Also stimulants can stimulate propagate ocd.. Younxious, insomniac etc. You need to discuss this further with your md. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When do doctors prescribe non stimulant medications for ADHD ? In which cases? Which are the benefits of stimulant medications over non stimulant med
Stimulants are more effective.: Non-stimulants are used in people who prefer not to be on a stimulant, who have anxiety disorders, have a prior history of addiction, or even along with a psychostimulant in the event that they have not responded adequately. The other non- stimulants are often used adjunctively, or in the case of antidepressants, in an attempt to treat both conditions simultaneously. Some people prefer the use of antidepressants especially if they are effective in a given individual. ...Read more
More complicated : Adhd is considered a neurodevelopmental/neurobehavioral disorder. This implies some inherent neurologic abnormalities that are genetic but environment can have a large influence. Poor sleep, dysfunctional family dynamics, poor diet, lack of physical activity and overuse of electronics will exacerbate. In some children addressing these factors may be all that is needed while others may need meds. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are there any OTC drugs like Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) for ADHD focusing issues?
Not really: Some people find that caffeine helps them, but there are no medications as potent as Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and other stimulants available over the counter. Lots of products advertised on the internet as "natural" treatments; nearly all contain various forms of stimulants. Better to know what you're taking and what the dose is. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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