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Are there meds other than Lamictal to treat Bipolar? Googled Lamictal, as Dr. Ordered & side effect profile worries me. Avoiding antipsychotics.

Are there meds other than Lamictal to treat Bipolar? Googled Lamictal, as Dr. Ordered & side effect profile worries me. Avoiding antipsychotics.

Depression, Anxiety: I understand your discomfort.
Thank you for informing about insomnia and use of Concerta which can cause insomnia, Mania and emotional lability.
See Psychiatrist for Diagnosis of Depression or Bipolar Disorder, Anxiety, gradual withdrawal of Concerta; and Therapy for stress - relationships, separation, unresolved feelings of hurt, resentment, lack of support, loneliness, work and finances. ...Read more

Dr. John Moranville
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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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What is your opinion on antipsychotics?

What is your opinion on antipsychotics?

Antipsychotics: These are powerful medications that can be very effective. They also can have significant side effects. They should be monitored closely. ...Read more

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What types of antipsychotic medications are there?

What types of antipsychotic medications are there?

Newer v. Older: Older antipsychotics include drugs like haldol, thorazine, Mellaril and navane. Newer agents include risperal, zyprexa, seroquel and geodon (ziprasidone). The newer agents are associated with somewhat fewer side effects and long term complications such as tardive dyskinesia, but still have lots of side effects. For many psychiatric disorders, they are the best treatments we have. ...Read more

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What antipsychotic is neither activating nor sedating?

Enormous variability: Whether an antipsychotic medication is felt to be activating or sedating depends A LOT on the individual patient. It is quite hard to predict who will experience which side effects.

Activation, by the way, is sometimes confused with "akathisia" - which is a sense of restlessness, often accompanied by a feeling of anxiety/tension and a need to move around or pace. ...Read more

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Do antipsychotics rewire the brain?

Do antipsychotics rewire the brain?

No: They alter the levels of serotonin and Dopamine in various parts of the brain but there's no actual rewiring involved. ...Read more

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How would antipsychotics help depression?

Sometimes needed: Occasionally, use of regular antidepressants alone cannot control moderate to severe depressive symptoms. In these cases, certain atypical antipsychotic e.g. Abilify (aripiprazole) and Risperdal can be helpful. These medications should be prescribed by a physician with experience. ...Read more

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Can my gp give me antipsychotic medication?

He may: Any physician is authorized to prescribe antipsychotics however gps prefer that you should be evaluated by a psychiatrist first if there is a need for antipsychotic. ...Read more

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Is reglan (metoclopramide) an antipsychotic?

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Reglan (metoclopramide): Is metoclopramide, used for heartburn & gastric reflux. Rarely, can cause dyskinesia, like antipsychotic medications, but is not classified as such. ...Read more

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Does antipsychotic withdrawal cause anxiety?

Does antipsychotic withdrawal cause anxiety?

Possible: While most people stop their medications without problems or side effects, sometimes withdrawal effects can occur if the medication is stopped too abruptly. Anxiety is one of the possible symptoms you could develop if you have a withdrawal syndrome. The best way to avoid this is to work with your physician and taper the medication over time ...Read more

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Is Plexus Slim safe to take with antipsychotics?

Is Plexus Slim safe to take with antipsychotics?

Latuda (lurasidone) / Plexus Slim: It should be OK. Check your blood sugar and don't consume fatty foods with it Also don't consume White Castle Burgers if you plan to be driving on a limited access highway. Afterwards. ...Read more

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Can tegretol be considered an antipsychotic drug?

Can tegretol be considered an antipsychotic drug?

No: Tegretol is an anticonvulsant drug. It's also used as a mood stabilizing medication, often in concert with an antipsychotic medication. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how antipsychotics affect your brain?

Can you tell me how antipsychotics affect your brain?

For example: For example, lets take Risperdal-it blocks Dopamine 2 receptors, reduces positive symptoms of psychosis. It blocks serotonin 2A receptors, enhances Dopamine release in certain brain regions, also interacts with myriad of other NT receptors contributing to efficacy. Alpha 2 antagonist properties contributes to antidepressant actions. ...Read more

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How to stop antipsychotic sleeping medicine from working?

How to stop antipsychotic sleeping medicine from working?

Confused?: Why would you want to render your medication ineffective? Perhaps clarification can lead to a helpful answer for you. ...Read more

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Which antipsychotics are least likely to cause weight gain?

Which antipsychotics are least likely to cause weight gain?

Antipsychotics: Ziprazadone-Geodon and Lurasidone-Latuda, in my experience, are associated with weight loss. Quetiapine-Seroquel and Olanzapine-Zyprexa, cause the most weight gain, again in my experience. Those are all considered Second Generation Antipsychotics or Atypicals. All First Generation Antipsychotics cause weight gain. Great question. Wt gain is an important issue and preventing it can be a challenge. ...Read more

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What to do if I get frequent urination from antipsychotics?

Talk to your doctor: Frequent urination could be a side effect of some antipsychotics. Some antipsychotics can also cause constipation which may result in increased pressure on your bladder. If it continues, I would talk to your doctor about an alternative medication. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if antipsychotics lessen the effects of meth?

Wanted to know if antipsychotics lessen the effects of meth?

Psychosis: If you have methamphetamine induced psychosis then yes they can help. Addicts also use these medications to induce sleep as many are very sedating. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what is the allergy to antipsychotics called?

Can you tell me what is the allergy to antipsychotics called?

Allergy vs ADR: An allergy to antipsychotics is an allergy to antipsychotics! The side effects to antipsychotics are 3:
extra pyramidal: dystonia, akathesia, and pseudoparkinsons
tardive dyskinesia
and the third is rare called neuroleptic malignant syndrome.
The treatment for the three are different. The extra pyramidal symptoms[eps] are more common in first generation medications. ...Read more

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What can I do to combat antipsychotics' effect of weight gain?

What can I do to combat antipsychotics' effect of weight gain?

Get more active: Most antipsychotic medications have the unfortunate side effects of weight gain. Increasing your activity level and eating healthy helps to keep the weight gain down. You may also talk to your psychiatrist to see if adding certain medications to address the weight gain might be an option for you. Nevertheless, don't stop your medication without your doctor's consent. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, are antipsychotics stimulants or depressants?

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

Lamictal (Definition)

Lamictal (lamotrigine) is an anti-epileptic medication, also called an anticonvulsant. Lamictal is used either alone or in combination with other medications to treat epileptic seizures ...Read more


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Lamotrigine (Definition)

Lamotrigine is employed to treat psychiatric problems, and epilepsy. It is one of many meds that can help multiple ...Read more