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Does taking medications such as anti depressants, contraceptive pill and panadol (acetaminophen) harm my biliary atresia liver?

Does taking medications such as anti depressants, contraceptive pill and panadol (acetaminophen) harm my biliary atresia liver?

Yes: If you have an impaired liver, then you have to be careful about almost all drugs. Most are processed in the liver, and special consideration and dosing are given to people with liver disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Daniel Saurborn
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Liver (Definition)

This organ plays a major role in metabolism and has a number of functions in the body, including glycogen storage, decomposition of red blood cells, plasma protein synthesis, hormone production, and detoxification. It lies below the diaphragm in the abdominal-pelvic region of the abdomen. It produces bile, an alkaline compound which aids in digestion via the emulsification of ...Read more


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What anti anxiety (social anxiety) medication is easy on the liver? I hear benzos can cause liver damage. Any other alternatives?

What anti anxiety (social anxiety) medication is easy on the liver? I hear benzos can cause liver damage. Any other alternatives?

Behavioral option??: Most effective therapy =systematic desensitization. Involves facing/exposing yourself 2 feared object/situation but gradually, in progressive steps- from a situation assoc w/ mild level of soc anxiety 4 u, up 2 one assoc w/ extreme level. At each step u experience fear but u "stay w/ it" until level drops/u feel relaxed. Work w/ behavioral/cognitive-behavioral specialist esp. Clinical psychologist ...Read more

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Are there any over-the-counter medications MS vitamins that help with alcohol withdrawal and seizure prevention ?

Are there any over-the-counter medications MS vitamins that help with alcohol withdrawal and seizure prevention ?

Under Supervision: Withdrawal from alcohol should be taken quite seriously. If one has been drinking sufficient quantities of alcohol, there is a risk of severe withdrawal symptoms including seizures and even death. In such situations, there are no vitamins or over-the-counter supplements that can prevent such symptoms. Withdrawal alcohol, only under the supervision of a physician who understands the dangers. ...Read more

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Id rather try buspar (buspirone) or an anti anxiety medicine other than xanax long term. Can buspar (buspirone) be as effective? i do see psych., eat healthy, exercise.

Id rather try buspar (buspirone) or an anti anxiety medicine other than xanax long term. Can buspar (buspirone) be as effective? i do see psych., eat healthy, exercise.

Yes.: Your instincts are good. There are a number of alternatives to Xanax (alprazolam) and other benzodiazepines. Buspirone is one. IN the larger picture, they are generally more effective than benzodiazepines. ...Read more

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Plz suggest some non-benzo/non anti psych meds w/out weight gain meds such as Neurontin (gabapentin) 4 sleep the longer the list the better! please help! thanks!

Plz suggest some non-benzo/non anti psych meds w/out weight gain meds such as Neurontin (gabapentin) 4 sleep the longer the list the better! please help! thanks!

Several : One of the most commonly used sleep aids is trazodone (deseryl), it is effective with negligible weight gain issues, melatonin has been used successfully. For short term use, Ambien and Lunesta (eszopiclone) have been helpful as well. Your doctor will be the best to ask about which one is the best match for you. There is no medication that "fits all" feel better. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take brain-enhancing multivitamin supplements w/ pharmacetuical drugs such as zyprexa (olanzapine)? Also do side effects from zyprexa (olanzapine) fade over time?

Is it safe to take brain-enhancing multivitamin supplements w/ pharmacetuical drugs such as zyprexa (olanzapine)? Also do side effects from zyprexa (olanzapine) fade over time?

Probably, sometimes: Research has shown high doses of vit c, e, b3 ; b6 prevent tardive dyskinesia, a serious possible side effect of zyprexa (olanzapine). I don't know what's in the supps you're considering but there are no interactions between zyprexa (olanzapine) ; nutrients to the best of my knowledge so it's likely safe.As for side effects, sometimes they fade over time but unfortunately not always. Reducing dose often helps-see comment:. ...Read more

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How does meditation alone compare with anti depressants and anti anxiety medications alone? Which is more effective according to research?

How does meditation alone compare with anti depressants and anti anxiety medications alone? Which is more effective according to research?

Work together: For mild anxiety or depression mindfulness training, other types of meditation, relaxation training, and mild to moderate aerobic exercise can help. If done consistently these approaches may help as much as anti-depressants and anti-anxiety drugs for some people. In more severe depression ; anxiety these approaches alone are often ineffective, but still useful when combined with medications. ...Read more

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Are there any dietary supplements that can be taken for OCD along with prescription medications (anafranil 50mg & Zoloft (sertraline) 25mg) for better management.

Are there any dietary supplements that can be taken for OCD along with prescription medications (anafranil 50mg & Zoloft (sertraline) 25mg) for better management.

Here is an: Enatural healing of obsessive compulsive disorder - alternative ... http://www.alternativementalhealth.com/…les/ocd.htm international guide to the world of alternative mental health ... The following are natural treatments for ocd which are practiced by various specialists. Charles ...Excellent article that goes into some depth about the use of alternative therapies in ocd>best wishes. ...Read more

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Any evidence to support taking Milk Thistle proactively to protect liver if someone is on a lot of medications? I'm 36 w/ multiple chronic issues.

Any evidence to support taking Milk Thistle proactively to protect liver if someone is on a lot of medications? I'm 36 w/ multiple chronic issues.

Herbal therpy: Herbal therapy to compliment traditional medicine is a wonderful way to educate patients as well as tweek what we providrs prescribe. One must be careful that there are no serious risks or drug interactions with your current meds. Milk Thistle also supports the thyroid gland as wells as liver. Check with your provider first. ...Read more

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Shouldnt we avoid pharmacological treatment of drug induced liver disease?

Shouldnt we avoid pharmacological treatment of drug induced liver disease?

How ?????: Liver is a complex organ, most of the time protects itself by detoxifying chemicals rarely fails, . Remarkable progress has been made in control of infections, b.P. Stroke, cancer, vas dis meta.Diseases etc by use of medications, prolonging life and virtually every drug could be hepato toxic and unavoidable. Watchful fda withdrawn several ( duracet, ruzulin, pemolin etc ) may be more to go. ...Read more

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Does stimulant ADHD medications give effects from the first pill or it needs 4-6 weeks to benefit like non stimulant meds ?

Does stimulant ADHD medications give effects from the first pill or it needs 4-6 weeks to benefit like non stimulant meds ?

Few days: Stimulants like Adderall or Ritalin (methylphenidate) usually take a few doses to work well. It may take weeks to find exactly the correct dose for each patient. This is the difficult part. If you are also taking other medications, your physician may want to increase your dose more slowly. Lastly, if you are taking all the medications you listed, you may have serious medication interactions. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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Are there any other drugs besides diazepam and Librium that can be used to taper clonazepam ?

Are there any other drugs besides diazepam and Librium that can be used to taper clonazepam ?

Yes: There are other drugs that can be used, but one would need your medical history and pharmacology history to make the changes. this is something you should be discussing with your providing DR. ...Read more

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Is it better for my liver and fetus to try psychotherapy instead of medications?

Is it better for my liver and fetus to try psychotherapy instead of medications?

What issues are you: Treating? Of course, when pregnant it is better to consider psychotherapy, however, sometimes meds are necessary. Consult with your doctor to assess the risks of taking medication as opposed to being ill. ...Read more

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Are there other ways to affect GABA (to reduce anxiety) besides benzos, aeds like depakote, or alcohol?

Are there other ways to affect GABA (to reduce anxiety) besides benzos, aeds like depakote, or alcohol?

Not the only pathway: There are gaba supplements, but these have variable effects and may or may not be helpful for you. Gaba is also not the only pathway to anxiety relief. Please consider working with a psychologist or other mental health professional on your anxiety. Self-initiated practices such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, and breathing exercises are also very helpful. ...Read more

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Apart from anti depressants and cbt any other advanced medication available for health anxiety. Doctor has written echo@lveh. Stress test negative.

Apart from anti depressants and cbt any other advanced medication available for health anxiety. Doctor has written echo@lveh.   Stress test negative.

Health Anxiety: I understand your concern about health Anxiety. Believe in Blessings of Breath of Life (PRANA) and Healing power of your Body. Experience Wonders of World Heritage Sites in your Country. See a Psychiatrist for Medication benefits and side effects including Lorazepam, Alprazolam, and Buspar (buspirone) for Anxiety; and Therapy for stresses in your life. Do Breathing and Music Relaxation, Yoga, and Meditation. ...Read more

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How effective is ect in helping clinical depression if meds and talk therapy aren't enough?

How effective is ect in helping clinical depression if meds and talk therapy aren't enough?

It depends.: Ect remains controversial for a variety of reasons. It continues to be a viable treatment in selected situations. The determination of whether to pursue this treatment depends on evaluation by a psychiatrist. ...Read more

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Is the medication baclofen useful for people going through alcohol withdrawel?

Is the medication baclofen useful for people going through alcohol withdrawel?

Yes: Several studies have shown that Baclofen (liorisal®) can reduce or eliminate alcohol withdrawal. This is not surprising, because this drug is a direct gaba-acting agent and gaba is the neurotransmitter that is also affected by benzodiazepines like valium and librium, and work in withdrawal. However, it can cause physical dependence as well if used for prolonged periods. ...Read more

Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Psychotherapy (Definition)

Psychotherapy is one treatment strategy for a variety of mental health conditions. It has also been shown to help a variety of chronic medical difficulties such as chronic pain. There are a variety of therapy types including, but not limited to, cognitive behavioral therapy (cbt), psychodynamic therapy, & interpersonal therapy. Certain therapy is better suited for ...Read more