Doctor insights on:
Switching From Lithium To Lithium Er
Took lithium which helped suicidal thoughts disappear.lithium toxic and need a different med. would ziprasidone help? or latuda (lurasidone)?
Chemically, lithium is a light, soft, alkali metal. It's very highly reactive, so that in nature it's only found in compound form. It's useful in batteries. As a medication, Lithium Carbonate and citrate can be used to stabilize mood in people with bipolar disorder. In these people it can help with both mania and depression. Blood level monitoring is ...Read more
Possible: Generic drugs need to be within +/-20% of the bioavailability of the original drug. So theoretically, your new formulation could be providing you with 80% of active molecule of the old one, potentially leading to withdrawal symptoms. Discuss with your prescribing physician. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Doctor switched me from 20 mg Prozac (fluoxetine) to 75 mg of venlafaxine is it ok to go ahead quiet Prozac (fluoxetine) cold turkey and start the other one?
Prozac (fluoxetine) & Venlafaxine: At initial doses, venlafaxine has mostly serotonergic effects (like Prozac (fluoxetine) does). Prozac (fluoxetine) is also quite long-acting so that it will still be in your system for some time after changing to venlafaxine. At higher doses, venlafaxine will also affect norepinephrine receptors. Ask your doctor, but it sounds like this is a cross-taper from Prozac (fluoxetine) to venlafaxine and you should be okay stopping prozac (fluoxetine). ...Read more
Dr. discussing slowly weaning me off 150 lamictal & 600 tegretol for bipolar and replacing with lithium...is lithium a safe replacement?
A safe replacement: Lithium is a widely used and relatively safe drug for the treatment of bipolar disease. It should be used under the guidance of a physician knowledgeable in the use of the drug. It should be used in conjunction with regular blood test to determine the lithium level in your system and adjusted accordingly. The direct answer to your question is Yes, it is a safe replacement. ...Read more
It depends: It depends on the underlying conditions for what these drugs are prescribed; Consult with the doctor that prescribes them; ...Read more
To switch from risperdal .025 mg to Abilify (aripiprazole) 2mg can I stop ferst day of Risperdal and replace it with abilify (aripiprazole)?
Different ways: have been tried. There is no single right way to switch from one medication to another. The important thing to do is to talk to your psychiatrist. Did he/she ask you to do it in a particular way? If you received specific instructions, then you should follow it. If not, then go ahead and switch over like you described. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I'm in the process of switching from Celexa to Effexor (venlafaxine) for severe anxiety. In meantime, I was dx with erosive gastritis, GERD. Safe to take Effexor (venlafaxine)?
Effexor (venlafaxine): I recommend taking it with food.Get a more detailed answer ›
I take tegretol (seizure free!) and my dr wants me to switch to topamax (topiramate) to stop side effects. Is topamax (topiramate) as effective in fully preventing seizures?
Yes, but: Both drugs have potential adverse effects, and you should realize that the topamax (topiramate) will be effective, but when meds are switched, there is risk of withdrawal seizures. Also, the side effects include cognitive and speech issues, narrow angle glaucoma, metabolic acidosis, risk of heat stroke, kidney stones, pins and needles parenthesis, drowsiness. ...Read more
Do you have to taper off one psychotic to begin the other one? From risperidone to clozapine. Tell me more about side effects too, e.G. Drooling.
No: While it depends to some degree upon the condition that the antipsychotic is treating, you do not generally have to taper one before beginning another. In the case of going from Risperidone to clozaril, (clozapine) as Clozaril (clozapine) has to be titrated, usually you would remain on Risperdal until on enough Clozaril (clozapine) to likely control symptoms. Then you would begin lowering the Risperidone gradually. ...Read more
SIADH: Venlafaxine is within a class of drugs called SSRIs (Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors). This class of drug has been associated with SIADH. If this can be avoided that would be best depending on the severity of the low sodium(hyponatremia). Alternatively if this drug needs to be taken, the sodium should be watched carefully. I would seek the assistance of a nephrologist. ...Read more
What is proper increments to wean from 6 mg of risperdal while Latuda (lurasidone) starting dose of 40 mg to lessen psychotic withdrawal,dx bipolar 1w/psychosis?
Switch over caution: There is more than one way to switch over from an antipsychotic mood stabilizer to a new one. All depends on how well the new one starts to work on your symptoms, if it is tolerated, or if produces any side effects. Also, it is important to consider for how long you have been in the previous one, to make sure there is no risk of return of symptoms in a short period of time. ...Read more
Is lamictal more like geodon (ziprasidone) or seroquel? I want to switch over to lamictal for schizoaffective disorder or schizophrenia
Not like either: Lamictal is an anti-seizure medication that is approved as a mood stabililizer. In general it works better for depression than for mania, ie, "from the bottom up." it is in a completely different group of drugs than seroquel or geodon (ziprasidone). If it works well for you, it can be a great choice to be on. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
on 3 mg of klonopin (clonazepam) as inpatient...dr added tegretol which dropped klonopin (clonazepam) to about 2.0 some headaches & tinnutitus..will this eventually go away?
Hopefully so..: Response to decreasing Klonopin (clonazepam) or other similar medications depends on the amount previously taken, duration of use, speed of taper and patient response. The Klonopin (clonazepam) dose you were on is a relatively high dose. The addition of Tegretol appears to coincide with the decrease. It is unclear as to whether your symptoms are due to one or the other or both. Recommend discussing with your doctor. Best. ...Read more
Generic vrs brand: The supreme court ruled that generic drug makers do not have the same level of responsibility as brand-name drug companies to update warning labels, even when new risk information is discovered. The decision related to lawsuits that two women, gladys mensing of minnesota and julie demahy of louisiana, filed against generic drug manufacturers, pliva, inc. And actavis. ...Read more
Hi! I'm switching from a daily dose of 30mg Duloxetine to 20mg Fluoxetine. Do I need to taper off Duloxetine, or can I switch immediately?
Switching Medication: I understand your need for improvement in Depression and Anxiety. Duloxetine (Cymbalta) is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor antidepressant (SSNRI). Fluoxetine is a SSRI medication. See Psychiatrist and inform about side effects of Duloxetine, and discuss risks of sudden withdrawal from it; discuss benefits and side effects of Fluoxetine; and Therapy for stresses in life. ...Read more
- Talk to a doctor live online for free
- Lithium er overdose
- Lithobid vs lithium carbonate er
- Lithium carbonate er 300 mg
- Ask a doctor a question free online
- Switching from cerazette to yasmin
- Switching from lexapro to escitalopram
- Switching from seroquel to seroquel xr
- Switching from suboxone to oxycodone
- Talk to a psychologist online for free