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How do antipsychotics work?

How do antipsychotics work?

Block dopamine : Each antipsychotic has a slightly different receptor profile, but the one thing they all have in common is Dopamine receptor blockade. Though other factors may play a role, it is commonly accepted that increased Dopamine transmission is a major component for the development of psychosis. ...Read more

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Antipsychotics (Definition)

These are medications used among other things to treat psychosis. There are two poorly named classes: the typicals, because they used to be typically used, and the atypicals, which are now typically used. They differ in that the so called atypicals are non-neuroleptics and interact with both serotonin and Dopamine receptos, while the typicals ...Read more


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How do anti-depressants work?

How do anti-depressants work?

Antidepressants: By making neurotransmitters (norepinephrine, serotonin, dopamine) more available in brain by blocking their reuptake. For example, Prozac blocks serotonin reuptake, Cymbalta (duloxetine) blocks serotonin & norepinephrine reuptake. ...Read more

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How do antipsychotic medications work?

Dopamine blockade: Antipsychotics can work on various neurotransmitters in the brain, but the most frequent mechanism of action is to block brain dopamine receptors. Different medications impact different receptor subtypes and lead to varying effects. ...Read more

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How long do most antipsychotics take to work?

2-3,weeks to start: Can get sedative side effects right away--when used to augment antidepressants 3-4 days ...Read more

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How do ssri's work for depression?

How do ssri's work for depression?

Serotonin buildup: Agree with dr. Ali's response. Just be aware that this is not a rapid process and it can take 2 to 4 weeks once on an appropriate dose of a serotonin reuptake inhibitor to see the full benefits. The levels of serotonin need time to build up. ...Read more

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How exactly do antidepressants work?

How exactly do antidepressants work?

Antidepressant: Antidepressant medications work by balancing chemicals in the brain called neurotransmitters that affect mood and emotions. They affect certain brain circuits and neurotransmitters that pass along signals from one nerve cell to another in the brain. These chemicals include Serotonin, Dopamine, and Norepinephrine. These medications can help improve mood, sleep, appetite, interest and energy. ...Read more

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How effectively do medications work for claustrophobia?

How effectively do medications work for claustrophobia?

Fair: Medications can relieve the symptoms of claustrophobia, but not the cause. Psychotherapy will help you eliminate or cope with the cause of the problem. ...Read more

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How do anti-virals work?

How do anti-virals work?

Depends on the drug: Some prevent the virus from entering the cell. Some prevent the virus from taking over the cell's replicating machinery, some prevent the viral assembly so that new viral particles never form correctly. Further drugs specifically block the assembly of the virus' genetic code. ...Read more

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How do antianxiety meds work?

How do antianxiety meds work?

Calm the brain: Most anti-anxiety medications enhance the brain's natural system for reducing excessive thought activity (the gaba system). ...Read more

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How do mood stabilizers make you better?

How do mood stabilizers make you better?

They help to: balance neurochemicals in the brain so that your highs are not as high and your lows are not as low. ...Read more

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How can antipsychotics work for anxiety?

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Anxiety: Antipsychotics, especially sedating ones, are occasionally used for agitation, especially in bipolar or psychotic cases, not for anxiety per se. ...Read more

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How exactly do anxiety meds work?

How exactly do anxiety meds work?

Different methods: Different meds work differently - some affect serotonin levels by raising them, while others are just sedatives (these are the most addictive like Xanax (alprazolam) and ativan). ...Read more

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Help please! what drugs are used to treat major depression and how do they work?

Different types: There are different categories of antidepressants based on the chemicals they affect in the brain. Ssri's work on serotonin - zoloft, prozac, paxil, lexapro, celexa. Snri's like effexor, Pristiq (desvenlafaxine) and Cymbalta work on both serotonin and norepinephrine. Wellbutrin works on Dopamine levels. See this link for a complete list http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/antidepressants/hq01069. ...Read more

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How do antidepressant medications work on the brain?

How do antidepressant medications work on the brain?

Addendum: A current working hypothesis is that due to the effects colleagues have discussed, signalling within nerve cella is enhanced. Therefore when signals from many nerve cells are combined by a receiving cell, its subsequent output response is amplified. (sort of like a digital sound amplifier.) in depression, these output signals are muffled. ...Read more

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How do medications work to treat bronchitis?

How do medications work to  treat bronchitis?

Acute? Chronic?: Acute bronchitis is caused by infection, usually either bacterial or viral. If there is a bacterial infection, antibiotics are used to eradicate it. Chronic bronchitis, a form of copd, is typically treated with bronchodilators to relieve bronchospasm and steroid inhalers to reduce inflammation as well as smoking cessation to slow disease progression and prevent further complications. ...Read more

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How do you treat bipolar?

How do you treat bipolar?

Treatment: Bipolar disorder is usually treated with combination therapy to include family therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and medications such as atypical antipsychotics, mood stabilizers or antidepressants. Inpatient hospitalization is sometimes necessary. ...Read more

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How long do anti UTI meds take to work?

How long do anti UTI meds take to work?

Depends site of infe: It depends on site of infection and the antibiotics used.If the culture shows sensitivity to certain antibiotic for lowe UTI it takes 7to10 days for infection to clear.But if the infection is high up in kidneys(pyelonephritis)you may need longer course of antibiotics 2weeks or more to clear the infection. ...Read more