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Abilify (aripiprazole) or Effexor for major depressive disorder. Which is better?

Abilify (aripiprazole) or Effexor for major depressive disorder. Which is better?

Completely different: Effexor is directly an antidepressant, and is fda indicated for this disorder & generalized anxiety, etc. Abilify (aripiprazole) is an antipsychotic, but is also sometimes used to augment antidepressant effect. If you have bipolar depression, being on an antidepressant alone is unwise due to possible triggering of hypomania or mania. In manic situations, Abilify (aripiprazole) may be used to contain these symptoms. ...Read more

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Depression (Definition)

Depression is a mood disorder that can affect behavior and emotions. Symptoms of depression include feeling down most of the time, losing interest in previously enjoyable activities, increase or decrease in appetite or weight, sleeping more or less, becoming easily agitated or lethargic, feeling worthless, feeling guilty, having difficulty concentrating, thinking more about death and dying. Depression can sometimes result in suicidal thoughts and plans. In this case, emergent ...Read more


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How could Abilify (aripiprazole) work for unipolar TRDepression?

How could Abilify (aripiprazole) work for unipolar TRDepression?

IT IS NOT CLEAR: The mechanism of aripiprazole (Abilify) is not exactly known. However, it seems to enhance the effects of dopamine and serotonin when these are low. ...Read more

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Which is better for borderline personality disorder n mood swings?Prozac, topamax, paxil, effexor, (venlafaxine) lexaproor wellbutrin?

Which is better for borderline personality disorder n mood swings?Prozac, topamax, paxil, effexor, (venlafaxine) lexaproor wellbutrin?

Depends: Any of those drugs may be useful under certain circumstances. It's important to recognize the drug is an adjunct to the primary treatment, which is long term psychotherapy. ...Read more

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Do any of these drug combinations work? Prozac abilify, (aripiprazole) Prozac zyprexa, wellbutrin zyprexa, for schizophrenia.

Do any of these drug combinations work? Prozac abilify, (aripiprazole) Prozac zyprexa, wellbutrin zyprexa, for schizophrenia.

Yes: Antidepressants, mood stabilizers, and antipsychotic medications are often combined to treat schizophrenia. The decision is best made by the treating psychiatrist and the patient. ...Read more

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How effective is the wellbutrin (bupropion) lithium combination over seroquel lithium for BPD and major depressive disorder?

How effective is the wellbutrin (bupropion) lithium combination over seroquel lithium for BPD and major depressive disorder?

That is quite: individual. Each person responds differently to medications and medication combinations. It can't be exactly predicted how well you will respond to one of the medication regimens compared to the other when treating your depression and borderline personality disorder. Take care. ...Read more

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Does seroquel (quetiapine) work for depressive bipolar?

Does seroquel (quetiapine) work for depressive bipolar?

It can.: Bipolar disorder involves both mania and depression. Seroquel (quetiapine) has been shown to be helpful in treating bipolar disorder. Not all medications are helpful for all people. It is important that you work with your doctor and take your medications consistently so that you find the right medication(s) for you. ...Read more

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Which is better for borderline personality disorder, prozac, Paxil cr, Effexor (venlafaxine) XR or wellbutrin?

Which is better for borderline personality disorder, prozac, Paxil cr, Effexor (venlafaxine) XR or wellbutrin?

No specific med: There is no specific medication approved to treat borderline personality disorder and there is no specific medication that is considered better than others off-label either. It is a question of working with your doctor to treat your symptoms and figuring what works best for you. Sorry, i wish i had an easier answer for you-- good luck! ...Read more

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What would you recommend, Abilify (aripiprazole) or Effexor for major depressive disorder?

What would you recommend, Abilify (aripiprazole) or Effexor for major depressive disorder?

Mejor Depression: If after comprehensive history, family history, and mental status exam I am convinced this is truly major depressive d/o (not bipolar depression) then first choice would be an antidepressant (like effexor) rather than an antipsychotic (abilify). However, there are also many other possible treatments for major depressive d/o -- so choices are not limited to effexor, (venlafaxine) or even pharmaceuticals at all. ...Read more

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How effective is seroquel (quetiapine) for depression?

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How effective is  seroquel (quetiapine) for depression?

Seroquel (quetiapine): Seroquel (quetiapine) has been shown effective add-on treatment for depression in bipolar do. ...Read more

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Is wellbutrin (bupropion) for ADHD and depression?

Is wellbutrin (bupropion) for ADHD and depression?

Wellbutrin (bupropion) is used: To treat depression. It is excellent for atypical depression. I have seen it used for adhd - but usually when more typical adhd medication were not an option. (off label). ...Read more

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Bipolar II and anxiety disorders. Take klonopin for the anxiety, Neurontin (gabapentin) for mood stability. Recommendation for antidepressants for the depression?

Bipolar II and anxiety disorders. Take klonopin for the anxiety, Neurontin (gabapentin) for mood stability. Recommendation for antidepressants for the depression?

Your doctor: is the best person to answer this question. The answer requires detailed knowledge of your situation, no two are alike, and your struggles with depression. The medications you are taking may, over time, work on your depression as well as your other symptoms. Ask at your next visit or schedule one. If at any time you feel you may harm yourself, have any thoughts of suicide, go right to ER ...Read more

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Which is best for anxiety: seroquel (quetiapine) or risperdal?

Which is best for anxiety: seroquel (quetiapine) or risperdal?

Neither: Although Seroquel (quetiapine) and Risperdal (risperidone) both strongly reduce anxiety, neither are first-line treatments, as their side-effect risks are too great. For most people, better treatments for anxiety include non-drugs like psychotherapy, relaxation training, mindfulness mediation, etc, or SSRI antidepressants (which also treat anxiety), Buspar, (buspirone) or "benzo" tranquilizers. ...Read more

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Is lamicatal 200mg and Abilify (aripiprazole) 30mg a good Tx for bipolar depression along with psychotherapy?

Is lamicatal 200mg and Abilify (aripiprazole) 30mg a good Tx for bipolar depression along with psychotherapy?

Is my tx : The best person to answer this question Is you, in concert with a doctor you trust. These medications are certainly used for the diagnoses you mention. However; the best way to know how well these meds are working for you is discuss your current symptom profile, and determine if your symptoms are optimally controlled on this regimen. ...Read more

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Is lamictal an effective mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder?

Is lamictal an effective mood stabilizer for bipolar disorder?

Yes: Lamictal is an excellent mood stabilizer which I use frequently. The most common limiting factor is the potential for a very serious rash which requires very gradual titration to a therapeutic dose. ...Read more

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Would latuda (lurasidone) be more effective for treating bipolar depression than an ssri with lithium?

Would latuda (lurasidone) be more effective for treating bipolar depression than an ssri with lithium?

Both may work.: Latuda (lurasidone) was approved last year by the fda for the treatment of bipolar depression by itself and in combination with other meds such as lithium or depakote. Lithium and ssri treatment for bipolar depression is another option; however, there is a risk of serotonin syndrome which can be potentially dangerous when used together. Prozac has been assoc. W/ more adverse effects in combo than other ssris. ...Read more

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Which is better for bi polar seroquel or latuda (lurasidone)?

Which is better for bi polar seroquel or latuda (lurasidone)?

It depends: It depends on what's happening with you at the current time. Both seroquel and Latuda (lurasidone) are good antipsychotics, but seroquel has the official fda indication as monotherapy for bipolar mania. Latuda (lurasidone) does not have this, but does have official fda indication as monotherapy for bipolar depression (seroquel has this also). Please talk with your psychiatrist about your specific case. ...Read more

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Taking 225mg Effexor&Clonazepam 4 Major Dep Dis&anxiety¶noid thoughts. Had Olanzapine&Respiridone before but is Abilify (aripiprazole) ok2take with Effexor?

Taking 225mg Effexor&Clonazepam 4 Major Dep Dis&anxiety&paranoid thoughts. Had Olanzapine&Respiridone before but is Abilify (aripiprazole) ok2take with Effexor?

Abilify (aripiprazole): It appears that you are also experiencing paranoid thoughts, and have been treated for depression. At the same time, if your doctor prescribes the Abilify (aripiprazole), (aripiprazole) with or without the Clonazepam, there is no contraindication. The Abilify (aripiprazole) might also augment the Effexor as an antidepressant, which is another advantage for this recommendation. ...Read more

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Is pristiq (desvenlafaxine) recommended for depression?

Is pristiq (desvenlafaxine) recommended for depression?

Pristiq: Pristiq & Khedezla are brand names for Desvenlafaxine. It is a SNRI medication which has been shown to be effective in the treatment of Major depression. ...Read more

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Can Abilify (aripiprazole) use with intideeprsat for anxiety?

Can Abilify (aripiprazole) use with intideeprsat for anxiety?

It would be off-: Label. Abilify (aripiprazole) is often used as an adjunct with antidepressants. It is usually for depression/ mood disorder but consideration could be made to use it for an anxiety disorder. I certainly wouldn't recommend this first line - but if other trials have not worked. It would definately be appropriate if the person had significant dissociation as part of the clinical picture. ...Read more

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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