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How long should anti-psychiatric drugs like haldol (haloperidol) be used?

How long should anti-psychiatric drugs like haldol (haloperidol) be used?

Antipsychotic?: I think you probably mean "antipsychotic drugs". These medicines can potentially be used for several years. This depends on whether the medicine is still needed and whether it is being well tolerated. ...Read more

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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Please describe the top five most commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs?

Please describe the top five most commonly prescribed psychiatric drugs?

2010 data: 2010 data show that by number of scripts written in us, the only psych drugs in the top 25 are Alprazolam (@#10), zolpidem #12, citalopram #17& sertraline #19. ...Read more

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Why are psychiatric drugs prescribed if peoplee are afraid of chemical lobotomy?

Why are psychiatric drugs prescribed if peoplee are afraid of chemical lobotomy?

Chemical lobotomy?: Most doctors prescribe medications in order to help people with painful symptoms and illnesses -- not to render them stuporous or otherwise impaired. I agree with dr. Fowler's comments. Psychiatric medications do have side effects, yet there can be reasonable balancing of desirable effects vs problematic ones. Above all, a working patient-doctor partnership is needed. ...Read more

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Does every psychiatric drug mimic a neurotransmitter?

Does every psychiatric drug mimic a neurotransmitter?

Not exactly: Psychiatric drugs work in a number of ways. Most affect brain systems that increase or decrease a particular neuroregulator, e.g., blocking a receptor or slowing reuptake back into the releasing neuron. Others are mimics (agonists) that work by fooling the brain into thinking a system is more active than it is. ...Read more

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Why thyroid medicines supplied along with psychiatric drugs?

Why thyroid medicines supplied along with psychiatric drugs?

Augment: Some psychiatrists augment thyroid for a patient who is depressed with low/ low nl thyroid function. ...Read more

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How is possible that general practitioners are allowed to prescribe psychiatric drugs?

How is possible that general practitioners are allowed to prescribe psychiatric drugs?

MDs can rx all meds: Us physicians may legally prescribe almost any med without regard to specialty. In theory i could rx chemotherapy even though i've never practiced oncology. I could even perform surgery if a hospital were foolish enough to allow it. Primary care docs are in a much better position, & usually rx antidepressants & anti-anxiety meds well. For anything more complex, see a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Which is the most effective way to regulate my sleep beside from psychiatric drugs, after my night shifts?

Which is the most effective way to regulate my sleep beside from psychiatric drugs,  after my night shifts?

Sleep Hygiene is Key: Retire & rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark & cool & use only for sex & sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs & no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized & finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. Can try warm milk, Chamomile tea or melatonin along w light reading, warm bath or lavender scent. ...Read more

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Which are some of the psychiatric drugs that have amphetamine-like effects?

Which are some of the psychiatric drugs that have amphetamine-like effects?

Several classes: The two major stimulant classes are amphetamine and methylphenidatep, each of which has several different delivery forms. Methyamphetamine once was used but rarely is now. Caffeine is a weak stimulant. Modafanil has properties much like stimulants but is longer acting. Bupropion is an antidepressant that works on the same system as stimulants. ...Read more

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