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Are antipsychotics the only medical treatment for delusions in the elderly? Is there anything more natural i could try first?
Elderly delusions: Delusions in the elderly come from many sources -- including medical problems like dehydration, constipation, and urinary tract infections. Medications can also cause this. Treatment is to find & address these causes. The only "antipsychotic" herb i know -- rauwolfia serpentina -- can also cause low bp. Not safe in elderly people! very low-dose antipsychotic meds may help safely, though. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
These are medications used among other things to treat psychosis. There are two poorly named classes: the typicals, because they used to be typically used, and the atypicals, which are now typically used. They differ in that the so called atypicals are non-neuroleptics and interact with both serotonin and Dopamine receptos, while the typicals ...Read more
Sensitivity to cold: is not a reported side effect for the anti-psychotic drugs I reviewed. Typical side effects include blurred vision, dry mouth, drowsiness, muscle spasms or tremors and weight gain. The most common medical cause of cold sensitivity is hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid gland). I would have that checked. Good wishes:) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Neither: Doctors don't give out meds as punishment. We listen to symptoms, and then suggest ways, whether through meds or other means to help you control symptoms or conditions we have found. We always want the benefit to outweigh side effects with any med. If this is not the case for you, you need to be open with the prescriber that you feel worse rather than benefit from your meds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
44 yo f on antipsychotics meds mood is very violative 10 days before ttom mood stabilizes for a little while after can this corrected by another med?
Complex medically: In my experience, some women with severe mood changes prior to their menstrual period will respond positively to lithium and others to zoloft taken only during that time; but you seem to have a complex medical situation that might preclude either or both. Would want to know more about what's been tried in the past and the name of the antipsychotic you are currently taking. http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=ttom. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Antipsychotics: These are medications used among other things to treat psychosis. There are two poorly named classes: the typicals, because they used to be typically used, and the atypicals, which are now typically used. They differ in that the so called atypicals are non-neuroleptics and interact with both serotonin and Dopamine receptos, while the typicals primarily affect dopamin receptors. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Great Question : Any of the antipsychotic medications can cause NMS or Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome. The higher potency antipsychotics have a higher risk. The symptoms are life-threatening and may include fever, muscle stiffness or rigidity, loss of consciousness, and unstable vital signs. The treatment involves stopping the antipsychotic medication and supportive care in the ICU. Meds are also used to counter. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Block dopamine : Each antipsychotic has a slightly different receptor profile, but the one thing they all have in common is Dopamine receptor blockade. Though other factors may play a role, it is commonly accepted that increased Dopamine transmission is a major component for the development of psychosis. ...Read more
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