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Over The Counter Treatment For Bipolar Disorder
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Though depression is not required for diagnosis most people have both manic and depressive episodes and may have mixed episodes with features of both. Length of episodes vary, but are separated by "normal" periods of emotion and behavior. See my answers to similar ...Read more
Therapy?: Have you yet tried any form of psychotherapy? Typically, the optimal combination of things to treat emotional issues such as anxiety or depression is medication (which, on your best day, is supposed to take the edge off symptoms) but the real gruntwork takes place in psychotherapist's consulting room. ...Read more
Is there an over the counter medication or alternative treatment for adult ADHD with reasonable efficacy? ex: St John's Wort for depression or Glucosamine+Chondroitin for OA
NO: Sorry- no OTC medicine is used to treat this condition. ...Read more
Lithium: Lithium is still the best treatment for bipolar disorder. Unfortunately it has many side effects. Valproic acid (depakote) has been more commonly used over the past 20 years, because it has fewer side effects. More recently, Lamotrigine (lamictal) has proven very effective, but is not usually first-line due to a rare but potentially serious rash. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does prescription sleeping aids counter act the effectiveness of mood stabilers and antidepressants prescribed for bipolar disorder?
No: Used correctly, prescription sleep aids support a person's sleep cycle, which is vital to stabilization of mood in bipolar disorder. The goal is to use sleep aids only as needed, and not to stay on them indefinitely. They do not counteract the effectiveness of mood stabilizers or antidepressants. However, use of alcohol and other drugs could possibly do this. ...Read more
Trichomoniasis (?): If you are asking about treatment for trichomoniasis (commonly known as: Trich), a common sexually transmitted disease (STD), there is no over-the-counter treatment available. Trich requires treatment with a specific antibiotic, metronidazole (Flagyl). It is the only drug that should be used to treat trichomoniasis. If you think you may have trich, you should be tested and treated appropriately. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Acute bronchitis....: Acute bronchitis is an infection of the airways, usually caused by a viral or bacterial infection. If a bacterial infection is present, antibiotics are sometimes needed. If a virus is the culprit, treatment is largely symptom relief, including drinking plenty of fluids, rest, etc. Saline nasal spray can help with nasal congestion, throat lozenges can help the sore throat, etc. If worsening, see dr. ...Read more
Variable.: It varies. The medication is started at a very low dose and slowly titrated upwards. Optimum dosage is different for each person. I would not expect to have control of symptoms at initial dosage. ...Read more
Mood stabilizer: Most mood stabilizers used in the treatment of bipolar disorder treat both the depression and mania. An adjustment in the dose of the medication and some psychosocial intervention may be all that is needed during a depressive phase. Anti depressants alone are not recommended. Talk to your doctor if your symptoms continue or worsen. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Everyone is unique: Mood stabilizers (lithium, tegretol, depakote, lamictal) are used primarily--antipsychotics are frequent adjunctive medicines as are antidepressants & minor tranquilizers--most bipolar pts require a combination of drugs to stabilize their mood swings. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Has Venlafaxine any advantage over other SSRIs and TCAs for GAD ? Which medication is your first line choice for treating GAD and why?
Which over the counter allergy and cold medications work best with clonidine for children under 12 years of age?
Allergy: Please contact your child's doctor to decide what would be the best additional or new medication. ...Read more
Is drug treatment for depression a long-term solution or only for a short period? Do some doctors recommend lifestyle changes over medications?
Yes to all: Some people have a traumatic event and take meds for a short period. Some people have a chemical imbalance and just need to take the medication regularly. Lifestyle changes and resolving issues should always be the first option. Unfortunately, lifesyle changes and resolving issues is more easily said than done. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My friend has schizoaffectiver and tried over 25 medications. Only a stimulant works for the negative symptoms and depression. Is this ok?
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
Meds: Bipolar disorder is a complex disease best managed with a close relationship with a dr. Comfortable with treating this illness.I do not know of any "natural" treatments that are effective in the treatment of this disorder.That said, how about treatment with a natural substance like a"salt", like lithium, which I use most often in treating bipolar disorder, along with other meds? ...Read more
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