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What Of Types Of Prescription Drungs Can Be Used To Treat A Thought Disorder
Dozens: The specific mental disorder will dictate the choices for treatment. There are dozens of effective drugs available, and your doctor can make recommendations. Often there is trial and error involved because a "brain biopsy" is unpopular and different people respond in individual ways to psychiatric medications. ...Read more
Thought disorder synonymous with psychotic disorders. Psychotic disorders include, but are not limited to, schizophrenia, schizophreniform disorder, brief psychotic disorders, schizoaffective disorder, delusional disorder, etc. Disorders of thought can manifest as disruptions in flow (eg thought blocking, loosened associations, etc) &/or content (eg delusions). ...Read more
Combination chemo: The drug choicees are variable among different age groups. Children with ALL are commonly treated with Vincristine/ Prednisone initially and later receive 6MP and Methotrexate. In adults we tend to use Cyclophosphamide, Adriamycin (doxorubicin) vicristine and Dexamethasone. L-Asparaginase is commonly used but only in children. In Ph+ve patients Imatinib is added as well. ...Read more
Hard to Answer...: Very difficult question to answer briefly. There are many different medicines that are used in psychiatry, and these are grouped into several categories. The most well known are the antidepressants. Other groups are the antipsychotic medications, mood stabilizing meds, stimulants, and antianxiety meds. Some meds fall into more than one category. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I understand that an antibody screen can be used to detect a certain type of pneumonia, among other conditions. Can it also be used to identify various infections in the way that blood cultures can?
Yes but: Usually an elevated IgM response to a particular organism indicates an acute infection. However doing IgM ab to a whole panel of bacteria is expensive and many of the tests are not available. The culture method is the default test but can be false-negative in many cases. In the future, I believe PCR analysis of bacterial DNA or a bacterial DNA microarray assays will likely be the way to go. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me the four types of receptors that are blocked by the phenothiazine drugs for psychosis.?
Receptors: Chlorpromazine (the first phenothiazine antipsychotic) blocks more than 4 receptor types: d2, h1, m1, alpha1, alpha2, 5ht2a, and 5ht2c -- and a very small amount of 5ht1a. Other agents also block d2 receptors, but vary in histaminic, muscarinic, and serotonergic receptor effects. These differences relate to differences in side effect profiles. ...Read more
Is there a way to test for suspected under- or malabsorption of antidepressant or atypical anti-psychotic medication? Can all be tested the same way?
Psychopharmacogenomi: the recent introduction of testing for genetic profile and how meds are absorbed, transported & utilized by the body has been of great help in recognizing and identifying patients that either rapidly or slowly metabolize medications. so testing can shed light on how your body handles these meds and give some guidance ( not definitive) in using meds in your case. good luck and feel better ...Read more
Is it true tomotherapy can only be used to treat some types of lymphoma and not other types of lymphoma?
Tomotherapy lymphoma: Tomotherapy is a method of delivering radiation therapy. Tomotherapy may be used for IMRT in lymphoma radiation. Not all lymphomas need to be treated with imrt. In addition, imrt does not have to be done by Tomotherapy. More importantly is the radiation oncologist following the involved nodal recommendations for therapy rather then the machine ...Read more
Nothing specific: Asperger's is 're-classified' in dsv v, very controversial. Asperger's is part of a larger group of disorders labeled pervasive developmental disorders. However their are mild forms and severe forms thus we also call it spectrum disorder. Given the type of symptoms and severity, meaning how disruptive to their life & others, many kinds of meds tried. Research ongoing into cause and best treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is there a way to test for suspected under- or malabsorption of antidepressant or atyp. antipsychotic medication? Can they all be tested the same way?
Testing: there are now tests to make sure you do respond to certain medications or not. Your doctor might be able to help you with that ...Read more
No symptoms: You should have no symptoms when you wear earrings. Symtoms indicate a problem. ...Read more
My mom got a blood disease called polycythemia vera. May i know the price for interferon-alpha which can be used to cure this disease. Also could you recommend me some brand of this medicine?
She needs a speciali: A good specialist is what she needs first. You should seek the advice of a hematologist who works in a major cancer center. P. Vera has some new treatments(jak2 inhibitors) which are in clinical trials. Interferon( has some activity and can be beneficial but it is an older treatment which has many serious side effects and it is very expensive .Too alpha-2b) also called introna) ask for this bran. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Who can administer a sleep test? What are the symptoms of narcolepsy? Is there a cure for chronic sleep paralysis? Where can I get it treated (US/UK)?
MSLT: A polysomnogram (overnight sleep test) followed by an MSLT (multiple sleep latency test) is reasonable to rule out sleep apnea and narcolepsy. There are effective treatments for both conditions including pharmacotherapy for narcolepsy. Although any physician may order these tests it would be wise to see a sleep physician. ...Read more
Why do depression medications have a risk of suicide and bad feelings if its meant to be for treating the same type of thing?
Good question: many depressed patients are already suicidal and these medications can sometimes exacerbate suicidal ideation- sad, but true. ...Read more
What can you tell me about the antipsychotic drug used for the treatment of irritability associated with autism?
2 neuroleptics are: FDA-approved for irritability in kids age 6-17 with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Abilify (aripiprazole) & Risperdal. They also help with the anxiety that often drives aggressive & "oppositional" behaviors. We discuss drug interactions & side effects before prescribing. Though doses are far lower than for Bipolar Disorder, we monitor liver functions, lipids, prolactin level, glucose, insulin levels & weight. ...Read more
Risperdal: Risperdal was recently approved by fda for "symptomatic treatment of irritability in autistic children." the unfortunate thing is that children with autism are typically not suffering from a "Risperdal deficiency." good bio-medical techniques attempt to determine some of the physiological disturbances in autistic kids and then set about fixing them: - food allergies - gut dysbiosis - nutrients. ...Read more
Expert opinions? What kind of kinds of drugs might be used to delay absorption of a local anesthetic?
Several: Classes of drugs are used, but the most important is to stop or reduce the dose of the medication which is usually the cause, or to switch to another drug which is less likely to cause it. Beta blockers, clonidine, mirtazepine and anticholinergics (biperidin, akineton, benadryl) have all been used with varying success rates. ...Read more
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