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Is there a way to test for suspected under- or malabsorption of antidepressant or atypical anti-psychotic medication? Can all be tested the same way?

Is there a way to test for suspected under- or malabsorption of antidepressant or atypical anti-psychotic medication?  Can all be tested the same way?

Psychopharmacogenomi: The recent introduction of testing for genetic profile and how meds are absorbed, transported & utilized by the body has been of great help in recognizing and identifying patients that either rapidly or slowly metabolize medications. So testing can shed light on how your body handles these meds and give some guidance (not definitive) in using meds in your case. Good luck and feel better ...Read more

Dr. Donald Jacobson
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Psychotic (Definition)

Psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia) are major mental disorders that cause abnormal thinking. Psychotic people lose touch with reality and have symptoms of delusions and hallucinations. Delusions are false beliefs, such as thinking that a TV is sending you personal messages. Hallucinations are false perceptions, such as hearing, seeing, or feeling something that ...Read more


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Does the atypical anti-psychotic medication, abilify, increase the risks of seizures occuring in young adults? I'm concerned that the current medication I'm taking, abilify, may be inducing my seizures that I'm having, but when I asked the primary doctor,

Does the atypical anti-psychotic medication, abilify, increase the risks of seizures occuring in young adults? I'm concerned that the current medication I'm taking, abilify, may be inducing my seizures that I'm having, but when I asked the primary doctor,

Combinations: One of the more uncommon slide effect does include seizures. It should be used with caution if you already have seizures since it lowers the seizure threshold (makes it easier to have a seizure). I would ask a neurologist if taking Abilify (aripiprazole) is the safe or not for you. ...Read more

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I took anti-psychotic drug for a month and a half. It was only 1 mg.i stopped the medication. Did the drug damage my brain, And will it recover?

I took anti-psychotic drug for a month and a half. It was only 1 mg.i stopped the medication. Did the drug damage my brain, And will it recover?

Unlikely: Antipsychotic meds taken as prescribed in most people have no neurological effect that we are aware of. Taken over years in larger doses there is likelihood of effects. So taken briefly it is unlikely there would be any damage ...Read more

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Is it safe to make multiple anti-psychotic drugs?

If prescribed: With proper supervision and prescription from a physician trained and experienced in their use. ...Read more

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When do doctors prescribe anti-psychotic drugs?

When do doctors prescribe anti-psychotic drugs?

Misnomer: What you call antipsychotic drugs is merely a way to adjust a brain chemical called Dopamine. This chemical mediates many emotional states. Obviously one of these states is psychosis in any of its forms. It is also useful in some depressions. ...Read more

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How good are anti-psychotic drugs for schizophrenia?

How good are anti-psychotic drugs for schizophrenia?

Helps not perfect: Just like every medication, we need more scientific research and drug development to make even better medications. They have side effects but can dramatically help reduce hallucinations and delusions for the majority of patients. I have seen many patients who start out completely confused and in the end able to go back to school and work. ...Read more

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What is risperidone (anti-psychotic drug) prescribed for?

What is risperidone (anti-psychotic drug) prescribed for?

Psychosis, bipolar: Psychosis is a break with reality, symptoms can include delusions or hallucinations. Conditions include schizophrenia or mood disorder with psychosis. Risperidone is one of several "second-generation" antipsychotics that can relieve such symptoms. Others are quetiapine, lurasidone and aripiprazole. Risperidone and the other second-generations are also used as mood stabilizers in bipolar disorder. ...Read more

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What is risperidone (anti-psychotic drug) prescribed for?

What is risperidone (anti-psychotic drug) prescribed for?

Risperidone...: Risperidone is a "second-generation" or "atypical" antipsychotic originally developed for schizophrenia. It is also used for schizoaffective disorder and as a mood stabilizer in bipolar disorder. Off-label uses can be for severe anxiety, anger and to augment antidepressant medications (similar to aripiprazole). ...Read more

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What anti-psychotic drug causes severe twitching?

What anti-psychotic drug causes severe twitching?

Any: Any of the antipsychotic meds can cause muscle spasms, rigidity, tremors, restlessness (akathisia) and long term have a risk for tar dive dyskinesia. The newer antipsychotics have less of these effects. Of newer meds risperidone and zyprexa more likely. Seroquel, Geodon, Abilify less, but still high incidence of akathisia with Abilify. Latuda (lurasidone) and Fanapt also have lower incidence ...Read more

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Could consuming anti psychotic drugs give you face trauma?

Could consuming anti psychotic drugs give you face trauma?

Clarification: Puzzling question. There really isn't an association with antipsychotic medications and facial trauma. Are you asking about facial tics or tremors? ...Read more

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Could all patients in anti-psychotic drugs will have akathisia or tardive akathisia later in life?

Could all patients in anti-psychotic drugs will have akathisia or tardive akathisia later in life?

No: Only a minority of patients treated with these drugs, particularly the newer ones (second generation antipsychotics) get any movement problems, and tardive dyskinesia is very rare with the newer drugs. Akasthesia is more common, but usually goes away with lowering the dose or switching drugs. If these problems do not develop while taking the drug, they will very rarely occur later. ...Read more

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Is there an anti-psychotic drug that is good for paranoia and anxiety, and has minimal side-effects?

Is there an anti-psychotic drug that is good for paranoia and anxiety, and has minimal side-effects?

Anti psychotic medic: There are several. My personal favorite is fanapt (iloperidone). Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Which anti psychotic drug is most effective for schizophrenia: clozapine or aripiprazole?

Which anti psychotic drug is most effective for schizophrenia: clozapine or aripiprazole?

Antipsychotics: Both are effective. The difference is the tolerability & side effect profiles. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of withdrawal of anti psychotic drugs such as risperidone / haloperidol?

What are the side effects of withdrawal of anti psychotic drugs such as risperidone / haloperidol?

Depends: After taking medications like Haldol (haloperidol) for an extended period, some have something called withdrawal dyskinesias when stopping those medications. This means abnormal muscle movements which should go away in time. The other problem can be a return of the symptoms which were present in the first place for which the meds were prescribed, like psychosis. Check with your doctor first. ...Read more

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Which anti psychotic drug has the side effect of twitching sometimes severe?

Which anti psychotic drug has the side effect of twitching sometimes severe?

I am afraid that: This can occur with multiple antipsychotic medications. ...Read more

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My psychiatrist wants to put me on an anti-psychotic to help with my insomnia. Is this normal? What drugs are common?

My psychiatrist wants to put me on an anti-psychotic to help with my insomnia. Is this normal? What drugs are common?

Not rare, not best: I'll provide a link to a piece on the most common ; respected: http://www.Uspharmacist. Com/content/d/feature/i/1369/c/26256/
low doses of antipsychotics for insomnia, while common, is not recommended. There is little evidence of benefit and big concern regarding adverse effects especially in elderly. You already take a lot! Try to find a sleep clinic specialist. Best! ...Read more

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I'm 20 years male. I took 1 mg of anti psychotic drug for depression 1 month, I stopped.I read an article about brain shrinkage will this affect me, help?

I'm 20 years male. I took 1 mg of anti psychotic drug for depression 1 month, I stopped.I read an article about brain shrinkage will this affect me, help?

Probably not: The short answer is no. You will probably not have any brain volume loss from one month of antipsychotic especially if your diagnosis is Major Depression. Antipsychotics probably do cause some volume loss, but this most likely with long term exposure, or at least 1 year I would think. As far as I know, the studies showing this volume loss were all done in Schizophrenic patients. See your doc soon ...Read more

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17 yrs old was prescribed compazine (prochlorperazine) by gp had stomach ach I read that it's an anti psychotic drug effecting dopamine, does that create permanent chgs?

17 yrs old was prescribed compazine (prochlorperazine) by gp had stomach ach I read that it's an anti psychotic drug effecting dopamine, does that create permanent chgs?

Antiemetic: Used safely for yrs to alleviate nausea ; vomiting oral im ; suppository routes usually only a few doses--shouldn't cause any lasting harm. ...Read more

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Is a hospital psych ward an appropriate place for postpartum psychosis treatment? I'm particularly concerned with use of anti-psychotic drugs!

At times, yes: Postpartum psychosis is an extremely serious illness. Women with postpartum psychosis may hallucinate and be delusional. Without treatment, may act on delusions. When ill, some have thought their babies were demonically possessed and needed to be killed. Temporary inpatient treatment can stabilize the mom, and protect both her & her infant. Antipsychotic medications may be life-saving. ...Read more

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How do "anti-psychotic" medications usually make a person feel?

How do "anti-psychotic" medications usually make a person feel?

Differ from pt-pt: Different medication can have different effects on differnt people. ...Read more

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What are some anti-psychotic medications that don't sedate?

They all do: All antipsychotics sedate by default. Rleatively less sedating ones are Abilify and geodon (ziprasidone). ...Read more

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How often do "anti-psychotic" medications make the person much more "emotional"?

How often do "anti-psychotic" medications make the person much more "emotional"?

Not often: They tend to do the opposite: restrict excessive range of emotions. Hence, they are often used to stabilize moods and inhibit aggression. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between tapering from anti- psychotic medication that is IR and XR? If so how does one taper off of an XR tablet to minimize sfx

Is there a difference between tapering from anti- psychotic medication that is IR and XR? If so how does one taper off of an XR tablet to minimize sfx

Yes XR is easier: Immediate release (IR) medications go into the bloodstream so there is more chance of side effects when you stop them. Extended release (XR) medications are released more slowly over time which means they will also leave your body more slowly which decreases the chance of side effects. However, you can not break an XR pill so to taper off you will a few decreasing dose pills. ...Read more

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Can you take anti psychotic medication for insomnia?

Can you take anti psychotic medication for insomnia?

Not a good idea: Sedation is a side effect os some anipsychotics but these are potent drugs with potential serious side effects--there are safer & better meds for sedation. ...Read more

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What are some types of anti-psychotic medications?

What are some types of anti-psychotic medications?

Examples: Abilify/aripiprazole, Zyprexa/olanzapine, Seroquel/quetiapine, Geodon/ziprasidone, Risperdal/risperidone, Latuda/lurasidone, Invega/paliperidone, Haldol/haloperidol, Thorazine/chlorpromazine, Saphris/asenapine, Clozaril/clozapine, Trilafon/perphenazine, Stelazine/trifluoperazine, Prolixin/fluphenazine. There are many others but these are some examples. ...Read more

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What is the safest anti-psychotic medication on the market?

What is the safest anti-psychotic medication on the market?

Nothing is safe: No medication is safe if used without medical supervision. ...Read more

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What to do if I have taken unprescribed anti-psychotic medication.?

Antipsychotics.: Stop it and discuss with your MD. Most of the time, there should not be any long term side effects. ...Read more