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Atypical Anti Psychotic Drug Medication
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I took anti-psychotic drug for a month and a half. It was only 1 mg.i 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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
Antipsychotics: Both are effective. The difference is the tolerability & side-effect profiles. ...Read more
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 of time, 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
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
Im 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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