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Medicine For Process Schizophrenia
A mental disorder with positive, negative, and cognitive symptoms. A person with positive symptoms loses touch with reality with hallucinations or delusions. Negative symptoms: lack of pleasure; failing to take care of everyday functions; losing motivation; the inability to carry out plans in isolation. Cognitive symptoms could include problems focusing, memory problems or difficulty understanding ...Read more
Old term: "process" schizophrenia is an old term for what we now call chronic schizophrenia. Typical onset is late teens to early 20's, but evidence suggests the process may start much earlier. There are both positive (hallucinations & delusions) and negative (social withdrawaal, lack of motivation) symptoms. Medications, supportive therapy, and family work can help improve quality of life. ...Read more
No cure: "process" schizophrenia is an older term for what we now think of as chronic schizophrenia. Although a variety to interventions, including medications, supportive therapy, and family work, can greatly improve quality of life and markedly reduce symptoms, we do not have a true cure of the illness, nor do we seem to be close to finding one. It tends to wax and wane & treatment adherence is key. ...Read more
Depends: Some antipsychotic medications are better than others. Some can cause metabolic syndome (i.E diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol), obesity, pancreatitis and low white blood cells. More research is needed. You must also consider other factors of a schizophrenia patient which negatively affects their life span including smoking, poor diet and substance abuse. ...Read more
Yes: Functional medicine is similar to orthomed. Some people with schizophrenia have mutations with methylation (like mthfr gene mutation). These defects completely throw off balanced production and elimination of important neurochemicals. Supplementation with methylb12, activated folate (folic acid) (5mthf), b6... In the right person can produce dramatic results. Quest or labcorp can run mthfr for $110... ...Read more
I'm suffering from schizophrenia since 2 years and there's no improvement.... And I want to stop using medicine. So can you tell me how to treat it?
Different ones: Antipsychotic medications are used to treat the hallucinations and delusions associated with schizophrenia. There are 20 different ones. Treatment for schizophrenia is best provided by a board certified psychiatrist. Antipsychotic medications require careful monitoring, especially as schizophrenia is a chronic condition. I like Invega sustenna (paliperidone palmitate) which is an injection that lasts one month. ...Read more
No such thing: Each person can respond to different medication differently. Best drug for one person will not be the best drug for every person. ...Read more
Hm. Deficits of...:
Could you tell me know what is meant by "deficits"?
As in, positive v negative symptoms; or social v occupational functioning difficulties that are problematic, for example.
Different folks struggle with different problems with this illness, and the term could mean a variety of things, treated in various ways, depending upon the person. ...Read more
Some new ones...: Latuda, saphris (asenapine) and Fanapt are some of the newer one but nothing revolutionary or superior to the older ones. ...Read more
See below: If you believe that your medication is not doing anything for you, please contact your prescribing provider. The issue of the diagnosis also can be address with the provider who diagnosed you. If still not satisfied, seeking a second opinion is always an option. Good luck! ...Read more
Helps not perfect: Just like every medication, we need more scientific research and drug development to make even better medications. They have side effects but can dramatically help reduce hallucinations and delusions for the majority of patients. I have seen many patients who start out completely confused and in the end able to go back to school and work. ...Read more
Can the new bloodtest for schizophrenia only work if I am off antipsychotic drugs when I do the test?
The test verapsych looks for biomarkers of the illness and would not be affected by taking antipsychotic medication
however use of the test has been suspended pending more research to support its usefulness. ...Read more
What do you advise if I was prescribed that wonderful drug by a psychiatrist due to schizophrenia. Where does that thing come from?
Drug companies: Drugs come from drug companies, who make and supply the drugs to you. You can ask your pharmacist the next time you see him/her for the exact name of the drug company that makes your drug. ...Read more
Schizophrenia: No proof of full effectiveness of such tx. ...Read more
Are there any prescription drugs that appear to cause or worsen symptoms of schizophrenia? Experienced symptoms of schizophrenia but only voices w med
Yes: Yes, any stimulant can exacerbate the positive symptoms of schizophrenia and also induce a psychotic like process. Basically any drug that increase dopamine too much in the brain can create a psychotic process whether it's a prescription drug or a street drug. Now every person is different so what amount can cause psychosis in one may not in another. ...Read more
Meds: There isn't any one best medication. I see your medications listed as paxil, (paroxetine) zoloft, wellbutrin & xanax. Are you taking Paxil (paroxetine) & zoloft simultaneously? It is unlikely that one single medication will be adequate (mono-therapy). However, an atypical antipsychotic may be a good choice. This class of medications is used for schizophrenia, often for bipolar disorder as well as dissociation >>. ...Read more
Can schizophrenia develope in your later years of your life especially after getting clean from hard drugs I have mos mood disorder and bi polar?
31 is not old: Schizophrenia I s not likely to develop late in life, but similar symptoms can. Hard drugs take a big toll on the whole person including the mind. Having other emotional disorders would make it all seem worse. The doctors treating the mood disorders can help with thought problems too. With so many years ahead of you, seek help to make them as good as they can be. Congrats on being clean! Good 4u. ...Read more
Can psychiatric medicines interfere with short term memory if taking them and switchiing. I was not diagnosis add but schizophrenia and feel like memory off?
Yes: Many psychiatric medications can cause problems with short term memory. This can be worse when medications are being changed or adjusted. Sometimes the memory problems resolve once your body becomes used to them. If memory problems do not resolve, then medications may need to be changed or adjusted by your psychiatrist. ...Read more
Antipsychotics: Both are effective. The difference is the tolerability & side-effect profiles. ...Read more
What can I do if my mom is schizophrenia psychiatric pateint, any side effect from her medicines?
Meds all have + & -: For medications to be approved (fda) they have to show benefit and have an acceptable safety profile. In addition, each medication has an "indication", i.e. For what illness is it helpful. Unfortunately all medications also have side effects. The choice of medication is a balancing act between pluses (benefits) and negatives (side effects). Because each one is different, ask the prescriber. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my mom is schizophrenia psychiatric patient, any side effect from her medicines?
A Common Problem: All medications have side-effects, some of which can be severe. When side-effects do occur, they can make life miserable and cause a patient to stop their meds. ALL SIDE-EFFECTS should be reported to the prescriber because some maybe life-threatening and may require discontinuation of the medicine or changing to a new one. "WebMD" on the internet may help you find some of the side-effects of Mom ...Read more