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Simple Disorders Medication
Dissociation: There are no great drugs for treatment of dissociation. Prazosin has been found to help with PTSD nightmares and overall sxs in veterans and has the most data to support. Drugs for specific symptoms, like insomnia or depression or anxiety, may be helpful. The real treatment is psychotherapy, like DBT with experiential therapies like psychodrama or creative art therapies. It is treatable! ...Read more
Big word but the goal of therapy in crohn's disease is to decrease the inflammation in the lining of the bowel. The two familes of medications used are anti-inflammatory medications - thick Motrin for the gut and immunosuppressive medications.
Asa compounds such as pentasa, (mesalamine) steroids and medications such as 6-mercaptopurine and remicaide are all used based on how severe your symptoms are. ...Read more
What works for you!: There are many medications for crohn's disease because none of them work for everyone and they all have side effects. Each patient is matched with the medication most likely to work with the least side effects. Medications often need to be changed. Steroids are often used to gain initial control but then removed when longer acting drugs with fewer side effects can take over. ...Read more
Only one: Dupuytren's contracture is a genetically mediated fibroproliferative disorder, which causes contractures of the fingers. The only fda approved medical treatment for dupuytren's contracture with a palpable cord is xiaflex (collagenase clostridium histolyticum). Xiaflex (collagenase clostridium histolyticum) is a collagenase, which is an enzyme that breaks down collagen. Collagen build-up leads to contracture. Once dissolved, the finger can be straightened in the office. ...Read more
Behcet's medications: By stopping your immune system from attacking normal, healthy tissues in your body, immunosuppressive drugs reduce the inflammation that your immune system causes. Immunosuppressive drugs that may play a role in controlling behcet's disease include azathioprine (imuran, azasan), Cyclosporine (sandimmune) and Cyclophosphamide (cytoxan). ...Read more
PCOS: Polycystic ovarian syndrome is a condition in which a woman has an imbalance in sex hormones. People with pcos often have high androgen (male hormone), irregular or missed periods or cysts in the ovaries. Genetic plays a role in this disorder although the exact cause is unknown. Treatment options are weight loss, birth control pills, metformin (diabetes pill), fertility meds, antiandrogen pills. ...Read more
Difficult question: As Cogans Syndrome is so difficult to diagnose and you have to have both eye and inner ear symptoms and have a long list of other problems ruled out. There is no cure and treatment is aimed at controlling the eye symptoms and usually involve topical antiinflmatory drugs or steroids or if really bad oral steroids and or doxy cycline antibiotics ...Read more
Possibly: I assume that you are pregnant to ask this question. All medicines have "side effects" that might affect the baby in the womb. You should check ths out with the doctor who is prescribing the medication. ...Read more
Mood: Medications are switched if incomplete, inadequate response at maximum therapeutic dose, or if u cannot tolerate the medication due to side effects, or rarely, if medication is pulled off the market due to reported toxic effect. ...Read more
Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic mental illness where both psychosis (breaks from reality, delusions, hallucinations) and mood symptoms are prominent.
Treatment is antipsychotic medications for psychotic symptoms and mood stabilizers or antidepressants for mood symptoms. Sometimes only one agent is needed.
The choice of one agent over another is based on which symptoms are more prominent. ...Read more
Because they help: Schizoaffective disorder has prominent mood problems as well as psychosis, so several types of medications may be needed--antipsychotics, antidepressants, and mood stabilizers. They can markedly reduce overall symptoms and improve quality of life when they work but also can produce side effects that can make patients reluctant to stay on the medications. ...Read more
Variety of reasons: There are a lot of different reasons. Some are literally paranoid and would not take any tablets or pills thinking that ultimately they will poison them. There are some that are implementing cultural beliefs and honoring the worldviews of their relatives. Then there are some that have such high anxiety and deem it risky that are not paranoid. And some have a healthy desire to give therapy a chance. ...Read more
Not medication: Medication is not the primary treatment for dissociative disorders -- various kinds of talk therapy (including cognitive therapy) are. Also, expressive art therapies can increase self-awareness, cope with symptoms and traumatic experiences, and promote positive integration. Sometimes hypnosis can be helpful. Medications might be used for accompanying symptoms like anxiety & depression, though. ...Read more
Depend: It is depend on which ones because some have longer half life than others. Typically, it may take about 4 weeks or so, but some may respond in 2weeks some may take 6 weeks or so. ...Read more
Indefinite: Schizoaffective disorder is a chronic condition, with remissions and relapses. The person can have episodes of depression and mania/hypomania; also psychotic symptoms even when not in a mood episode. They will most likely need medications indefinitely, both to cover ongoing psychotic symptoms and to protect from mood disruption. It is not a "few months & you're done" situation. ...Read more
Controversial: Many believe this has little effect on the long term prognosis but after discussing with your physician and excluding drug interactions, it may be a good option for you. ...Read more
Expert Docs & Info!: #1) really helps 2have mental health clinician like a clinical psychologist who has specific training/expertise in treatment of anxiety disorders. #2) it's vital 2understand what anxiety is, how it ticks so u can take back ur life from anxiety when it interferes w/ur ability 2function. Consider researching. Http://www. Anxietybc. Org #3) but start w/ur pcp 4 workup 2rule out medical conditions.! ...Read more
Honesty and caring.: Mental disorders are difficult to treat in the best of circumstances. Part of the problem is the person may not believe that they have a problem. Give honest feedback about their behavior, mood, thinking; that they do/do not seem like their usual self. Speak honestly, offer to listen if they want to talk about medications or their frustrations. Remember, medications are tools for a better life. ...Read more
Should I be on medication with my nombers for diabetes tinkering between 5.6- 6.5 with a history of the disease in the family.?
If you have a mood disorder is medication supposed to make your excesses only manageable relative to you or can they completely make you "normal"?
Smooths them out: By "mood disorder" I suspect you are referring to bipolar disorder (bpd). Effective medication for bpd will smooth out the ups and downs. The lows hopefully won't be as low but the highs, which many people with bpd actually like (unlike the people around them), won't be as high. That doesn't mean that you become "normal". From my experience there aren't many people who are "normal". ...Read more
Best bipolar meds?: There is no one best, or even one best class of medications to treat bipolar disorder. Various medications are used, including mood stabilizers, atypical anti-psychotics, AEDs, typical antipsychotics, and even (with caution) anti depressants. The best way to most effectively treat your bipolar disorder is to talk with your doc about the risks/benefits and SEs of any proposed treatment. ...Read more
Talk: Personality Disorders aren't diseases - they are ways of relating in the World. Medications might calm you enough to learn new ways of doing that - but it's theraputic re-parenting/learning that might help you make changes. It's challenging and takes time, but a good fit w/ an experienced therapist can succeed. You'd discover how it developed and maybe decide to try new approaches. Trust's a must! ...Read more
Good medication: Recognizing that the disease is due to spasm of the muscle layer lining the arteries in response to temperature extremes, then using medications that reduce the spasm and promote dilatation would be most beneficial. There are excellent studies using a medication called Pletal (cilostazol) while I agree that there are systemic effects potentially, the benefits of this outweigh the risks. ...Read more