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Medications For Each Illness
Placebo effect: All medications have to potential for "placebo effect", which is the biological effect resulting from your brain's hope & belief the treatment is going to have benefit. Even when placebo effect is present, it is transient. It passes within a few weeks. Any prolonged benefit is not placebo effect. ...Read more
What should I take?: "mental illness" is brain illness relating to changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior. As with any illness of of the body, there are things you can do to limit illness (diet, exercise, stress management, life choices, therapy). If this does not control the illness, medications may be helpful. If this is not sufficient, procedures (tms or ect) may be needed. Communicate with your doctor! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many factors: There are positive protective factors which will ameliorate or blunt symptoms, like supportive social supports like family and friends, exercising, sleeping 7-8 a night, and keeping a regular schedule. Negative factors include a family history of mental illness, substance abuse, history of physical, verbal, and/or sexual abuse. It helps to discuss with a psychiatrist. ...Read more
What are the side effects of anti depressant/anti anxiety pills or other medicine used for mental illnesses?
Side-effect: This response needs a whole book to write. Every group of medicines has its own side-effects. I can respond better if u would specify which medicine. ...Read more
Can you tell me the most common kind/names of psychiatric medications for adults with mental/psychological disorders and illnesses?
Too many: Psychological illness is generally considered to be emotional in nature, and best treated with various forms of psychotherapy, not medications first line. Psychiatric illnesses are best evaluated and treated by psychiatrists, usually with psychiatric medications, of which there are about one hundred, so it's difficult to list them in this venue. If you can be more specific, that would help. ...Read more
For how long one has to take ssris to treat social anxiety? Should meds be combined with some other kind of treatment?
GREAT YOU'RE ASKING!: Meds can help but how about behavioral options? Anxiety disorders assn of bc has educational & self-help tools (incl a video) for managing & even overcoming social anxiety: http://bit.Ly/yudsfl effective treatment for social anxiety will involve putting yourself in feared social situations, going from ones you fear only a little to others you fear a lot. A cbt & anxiety expert can make big diff! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Variable: Some of the medications used as mood stabilizers (eg seroquel) can be quite sedating which may be of benefit for mania when someone may have a decreased need for sleep. Other mood stabilizers are usually not sedating (eg Abilify (aripiprazole) and lamictal). Others may be sedating for some individuals and not for others (eg lithium, depakote, trileptal, tegretol, or topomax). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Anyone care to share their experiences with medications for their kids adhd? Are there other treatment options besides medication?
Yes lots: Remove food additives and anything artificial. Get your child evaluated by an occupational therapist for a sensory processing dysfunction, a spoken and language pathologist for possible auditory processing disorder and an educational psychologist to rule out learning issues or a visual spa coal processing probl.Get a good psychologist to work on structure and org. Fish oil some herbal preparation. ...Read more
Can medicines for bipolar disorder(valence od500mg valium10mg serenace all once)be taken with dental bridge medicine painkillr antibiotic and bcomplex?
Please Stop: Please, get to see an HIV expert in person. These questions are missing so much detail and context and appear to be getting more and more panicked. Any more an HIV positive man, with access to adequate health care and medicines, should expect to live a completely full life. My patients, today, that i care for are told that they will live for as long as nature intended if medications are taken. ...Read more
What are the health risks associated with taking migraine medications and antidepressants at the same time?
Reports suggest that combining migraine medications called triptans with certain antidepressants — including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) — may increase the risk of a serious : But more research is needed to understand and confirm this potential link. Serotonin syndrome occurs when your body has too much serotonin, which is a chemical found in your nervous system. A variety of drugs and drug combinations may cause this to occur. SSRIs and SNRIs naturally raise serotonin levels. Triptans interact directly with some serotonin receptors in the brain. When these medications are taken together, they may cause much higher levels of serotonin and stimulation of serotonin receptors in your system than you'd experience if you were taking only one of these medications. Fortunately, the risk of serotonin syndrome appears to be low in people who are taking triptans and antidepressant medications. The drugs have safely been used in conjunction for many years, which is significant because anxiety and depression are common in people with migraines and each condition needs to be treated appropriately. Signs and symptoms of serotonin syndrome occur within minutes to hours and may include: Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea, Fever, Increased heart rate (tachycardia), Changes in blood pressure, Overactive reflexes (hyperreflexia), Extreme agitation or restlessness, Hallucinations, Loss of coordination, Skin flushing, Confusion, Seizures, Coma. If you experience signs or symptoms of serotonin syndrome, seek immediate medical attention. Left untreated, serotonin syndrome may be fatal. There may also be a risk of interactions between other antidepressants and migraine medications. Antidepressants known as monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) can cause an increase in the level of triptans in your blood and slow the breakdown of serotonin. If you're taking migraine medications and antidepressants, talk to your doctor, especially if you notice any changes in your health. Don't stop or change the dosages of any of your medications on your own. ...Read more
Lithium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate): Lithium, a mood stabilizer, is one of the most common medications used to treat bipolar disorder. Anticonvulsant meds for seizures, like Lamictal and depakote, are also frequently used. Additional medications also include atypical antipsychotics and antidepressants. ...Read more
Depends: Its tough to say with knowing your history. However, typically, asthma exacerbations are treated by increasing the frequency of rescue medications either by inhaler or nebulizer. Depending on dose, you inhaled steroid my be increased. Oral steroids are very common practice. If the exacerbation is really bad, you may need to be hospitalized and placed on heliox. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many: St john's wort is an antidepressant herb. Sunlight, exercise, good nutrition, and social interaction can ease depression. Omega-3 fatty acid supplementation might help. Spiritual healing ceremonies and rituals appear to help some sufferers. Certainly psychotherapy helps. It depends on how you define 'alternative'. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What OTC medications are safe to take for headaches and colds when one has autoimmune hepatitis? No Tylenol, (acetaminophen) of course, but are other NSAIDs okay?
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