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Doctor insights on: Psychoactive Drugs Vs Psychotropic

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Are psychotropic drugs the real answer to mental illness?

Are psychotropic drugs the real answer to mental illness?

Sometimes: Medications are one tool to help treat mental illness, but keeping a regular schedule, having a good support network, support groups, exercise, psychotherapy, yoga, and meditation can all help various psychiatric disorders, and sometimes medication is not part of treatment of a particular person with a particular mental illness. ...Read more

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Why can driving under the influence of a psychoactive drug contribute to an accident?

Why can driving under the influence of a psychoactive drug contribute to an accident?

Intoxication: Any psychoactive drug can impair ones ability to perform even the most menial and familiar tasks. Some drug effects are more obvious than others(alcohol, for instance) while others may have more subtle effects. If a psychoactive drug is prescribed(a pain killer for instance) a warning will appear on the label. ...Read more

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Why are drugs like cocaine illegal? If caffeine and alcohol are used for there psychoactive effects. Why isn't cocaine in moderation legal too?

Why are drugs like cocaine illegal? If caffeine and alcohol are used for there psychoactive effects. Why isn't cocaine in moderation legal too?

Read your history: Since the beginning of civilization, every human society has had its own particular customs, traditions & laws re what's "licit" & what's ILlicit. Not just psychoactive chemicals, but everything, e.g. marriage. The roots of what substances are legal & which aren't are not rational: they're social, cultural & historical. There are many books about this fascinating subject for the general reader. ...Read more

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I feel I have to get an orgasm "fix" every 4 to 6 days. I am not a pervert and I have never tried any psychoactive drug. Is there a medicine to control this urge? It feels like an addiction.

I feel I have to get an orgasm "fix" every 4 to 6 days. I am not a pervert and I have never tried any psychoactive drug. Is there a medicine to control this urge? It feels like an addiction.

Why is it a problem?: I agree with the answers from drs. Ali and rothman, but I have a question. Why is an otherwise normal sex drive causing you distress? Do you do things you regret? Is this harming anyone in any way? If so, speak with your physician. If no one is being hurt, why do you find a normal sex drive upsetting? ...Read more

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Is it safe to undergo sedation dentistry if you are taking psychotropic drugs?

Is it safe to undergo sedation dentistry if you are taking psychotropic drugs?

Sedation: Yes , it is safe provided the dentist is well trained and certified. Many times anesthesiologist will do the sedation while the dentist does the dentistry. They will review all your medications and provide the appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Had the genetic assays for psychotropic drugs, the 2 meds they told me should have no side effcts made me sick or were bad enough to dc, any ideas why?

Had the genetic assays for psychotropic drugs, the 2 meds they told me should have no side effcts made me sick or were bad enough to dc, any ideas why?

Assays = part of ans: Assays for drug response are more about metabolism of the drug and i wouldn't expect would be able to (in a binary yes/no manner) predict the full spectrum of side effects likely to occur on you as a patient. Remember that in medicine as in life, there are few absolutes. I would be wary of anyone or anything that ever predicts a 100% response. Nothing is perfect. ...Read more

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Is topamax (topiramate) also used to curb weight gain in patients using psychotropic drugs?

Is topamax (topiramate)  also used to curb weight gain in patients using psychotropic drugs?

Not primary use: Topamax (topiramate) is an anti-seizure medication. It is also used to treat different phases of bipolar disease. It has many side effects. Anorexia leading o loss of weight is a less common one. However, your dr might just prescribe it to counteract weight gain from other psychotropic discuss with your dr? Don't try to use it without medical supervision. ...Read more

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How does increased ambient heat affect side effects of long term psychotropic drugs like zoloft (sertraline)?

How does increased ambient heat affect side effects of long term psychotropic drugs like zoloft (sertraline)?

Doesn't matter: Long term use of medications shouldn't be affected by ambient temperature unless you're referring to its storage in which case usually cool dark cabinet should be fine. Ambient temperature is more a matter of comfort. What's warm for you might be cool for someone else. But temperature shouldn't affect effectiveness nor side effect profile of medications. ...Read more

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Does caffeine reduce the effect of psychotropic drugs? Particularly Effexor, Buspar, (buspirone) Trazodone, and Topamax.

Does caffeine reduce the effect of psychotropic drugs? Particularly Effexor, Buspar, (buspirone) Trazodone, and Topamax.

No interaction but..: I ran the interaction checker and there is no known interaction between caffeine and any of the meds you mentioned. However, it is well known that caffeine disrupts sleep patterns and can increase anxiety either on it and while withdrawing from it. Therefore, it is best to cut caffeine to a very minimum ...Read more

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Is there a psychotropic drug that causes side to side movement of the jaw? I am on Seroquel and Trileptal and Topamax (topiramate).

Is there a psychotropic drug that causes side to side movement of the jaw? I am on Seroquel and Trileptal and Topamax (topiramate).

Seroquel (quetiapine): Antipsychotics like Seroquel (quetiapine) can cause restlessness and movement problems as side effects. This includes jaw movements, and is often a dose-related issue. Please call your psychiatrist and let him/her know this is happening. See this doctor soon to have this addressed. ...Read more

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Why are psychotropic medications prescribed against the will of some patients?

Competency: Some patients are determined to not be legally competent to refuse medication. This is a legal decision. These individuals can be medicated to bring them back to competency. ...Read more

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Difference between psychotropics and narcotics ?

Difference between psychotropics and narcotics ?

Subtle: Psychotropic drugs cross into the brain, act on the central nervous system and are mood altering. Narcotics have receptors in the central nervous system and to the the degree they are generally euphoric they are mood altering. However i don't believe that most people consider them to be psychotropic per se. ...Read more

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Can you please discuss the psychotropic medications for insomnia?

Can you please discuss the psychotropic medications for insomnia?

Agree w Dr. Refai: In addition to his list there are Elavil (amitriptyline) ; nortripytline. It is important not to forget good sleep hygiene. Retire ; rise same time each day. Keep bedroom dark ; cool ; use only for sex ; sleep. Turn off tv. No naps. Exercise regularly but not in late evening. No caffeine for 6 hrs ; no alcohol or tobacco w/i 2 hrs of sleep. Keep dinner moderate sized ; finish at least 2 to 3 hrs before sleep. ...Read more

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What happens if you've been on psychotropic meds a long time, live mostly alone, and don't realize that you've changed i.E. Started acting erracticall?

What happens if you've been on psychotropic meds a long time, live mostly alone, and don't realize that you've changed i.E. Started acting erracticall?

WHAT HAPPENS?: Smart folk ask the prescribing doctor - telling him everything. I don't know what erratic means to you. Could be anything from tired to forgetful to psychotic. But if your dr feels out of his depth ask for a referral to a (another?) psychiatrist. Do it now. ...Read more

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Psychoactive for long qt syndrome, what does that mean?

Psychoactive for long qt syndrome, what does that mean?

Effect of meds: Several psychoactive medications can cause long QT syndrome. The significance of this is that this can be related to a dangerous irregular heart rhythm called "torsade de pointes", a polymorphic ventricular tachycardia. ...Read more

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I take psychotropic meds, is it ok to do Bikram hatha yoga?

I take psychotropic meds, is it ok to do Bikram hatha yoga?

Good question.: Hatha yoga would be better than hot yoga as sustained excessive heat causes sweating leading to dehydration which may affect concentrations of some medications in the blood. Sports drinks rehydrate and provide electrolytes. Sipping water during exercises is good. Best regards. ...Read more