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Lithium Treatment Depression
Yes: Lithium, lamictal, and atypical antipsychotics (seroquel, zyprexa, risperdal, geodon, (ziprasidone) abilify) are probably the first line agents for bipolar depression. Antidepressants can make bipolar depression turn into bipolar mania in some people, and should probably be reserved for situations in which the first line agents have failed. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
Yes, but...: Yes, but usually after other treatments have failed. Lithium is one of the few drugs with evidence showing it can reduce suicidal behavior, so lithium (either monotherapy or adjunctively) definitely has a place in treating severely depressed, suicidal patients who've failed more conservative tx. I'll add that when used adjunctively, doses are often much lower than what's used in bipolar patients. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
I've depression + manic episodes postnatal depression generalised anxiety which meds best fluoxetine quetipine olanzapine or mirtazapine?
PostNatal Depression: Because patients' responses to these drugs, singly or in combination, are varied and dependent on each patient's specific condition, it is best to defer to your managing physician who will monitor your condition and response to treatment closely and titrate the doses of these drugs accordingly for optimum effect. Good luck! ...Read more
Your ? Is unclear: Celexa (citalopram) shows no evidence of being effective in schizoaffective or bipolar disorder. No antidepressant is approved for either of these conditions on its own. Having said that, I am going to say antidepressant medication is frequently used in these conditions, sometimes successfully, but often not. Given the amount of time that people with these conditions spend in depression, it is not surprising people are often given antidepressants in the hope that they may be one of those lucky people who will respond beneficially to their effects. ...Read more
Caution: Citalopram can treat depression. The issue is, that -- in patients who have bipolar disorder -- antidepressants like citalopram can increase the risk of switching from a depressed or normal mood to one that is manic. Often a mood stabilizer is added to prevent such a mood switch. So it is important to discuss this issue and how to deal with it in advance with your psychiatrist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not only: Psychotherapy has been shown to be helpful in treating various mental ailments; psychotherapy also helps a person cope with physical ailments; psychotherapy can be used to improve communication skills, self-concept, parenting skills, anger management, etc. There is individual psychotherapy, couples/marital/family. ...Read moreSee 5 more doctor answers
Yes: It is a very good medication for maintenance treatment. ...Read more
Yes: In fact, lithium is probably the best/most studied medication for the treatment of bipolar disorder. It is very effective in many but not all cases. It has been shown to be the most effective treatment for suicidality. It can be safe and effective, especially for bipolar i disorder or a manic episode. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
How is the success of Lithium Therapy in Atypical depression?suffering from unipolar treatment resistant depression.
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Lamotrigine: "more effective" all depends on what you're comparng it to. Caveats/points of interest: - Lamotrigine both stabilizes/prophylaxes mania as well as helps raise the mood with an antidepressant like effect. - sometimes it is ineffective by itself for depression, and something else needs to be added. - potentially inadequate four mania/hypomania prophylaxis, particularly with vigorous anti-dep rx. ...Read more
Zyprexa (olanzapine): An atypical antipsychotic approved by fda for tx of schizophrenia & bipolar disorders. It is structurally similar to Clozapine but classified as thienobenzodiazepine. It is manufactured by eli lilly co. May cause involuntary movements, akathisia, fatigue, red eyes, dry mouth, anhedonia, dizziness, weight gain, seizures, metabolic changes such as diabetes. ...Read more
Which is better for borderline personality disorder n mood swings?Prozac, topamax, paxil, effexor, (venlafaxine) lexaproor wellbutrin?
Bipolar Disorder : with Anxiety. Start with a comprehensive psychiatric evaluation. Insure that medical causes for symptoms are ruled out. Talking therapy (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy or insight oriented psychotherapy) is allows for lasting change. Avoid alcohol, caffeine and illicit drugs. Take medications as directed. Eat healthfully. Sleep consistently. Be physically active. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chemically, lithium is a light, soft, alkali metal. It's very highly reactive, so that in nature it's only found in compound form. It's useful in batteries. As a medication, Lithium Carbonate and citrate can be used to stabilize mood in people with bipolar disorder. In these people it can help with both mania and depression. Blood level monitoring is ...Read more
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