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Why Are Antidepressants Used To Treat Migraine
They are effective: Some antidepressants act on certain Dopamine or serotonin receptors. It is thought that the symptoms of migraines can be reduced by interfering with the above receptors as an effective treatment. Antidepressants have many uses and just because you use one does not mean you have depression or psychiatric disorders. Take only asdirected and mention if you are taking any other med or supplement. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Of course: The anticonvulsant medications such as carbamazepine and phenytoin have been used for many years for migraine prophylaxis. They have been recommended for those migraines associated with paroxysmal EEG patterns and for cluster headaches. Just a few more examples: Depakote, Gabapentin and Topamax (topiramate). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Bipolar disorder Tx: Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium?/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. Refractory cases- Transcranial magnetic stimulation or electroconvulsive therapy. ...Read more
Bipolar D/O tx: Meds fall into classes of mood stabilizers (Lithium?/ anticonvulsants like valproic acid, divalproex or lamotrigine) & atypical antipsychotics (Quetiapine, aripiprazole, olanzapine or risperidone). Other tx: psychoeducation, cognitive behavioral therapy, psychotherapy & family or group therapy. Refractory cases- Transcranial magnetic stimulation or electroconvulsive therapy. ...Read more
Schizophrenia: There are degrees of severity of schizophrenia but it is overall a serious diagnosis that generally warrants medication. If you aren't already in therapy, I recommend someone who is very experienced in doing therapy with schizophrenia. This is a more specialized type of therapy. If you have been seeing a psychiatrist it would be good to ask who they would recommend for therapy. ...Read more
Several modalities: This article deals w/ my favorite integrative modalities for migraines: http://bookonhealing.Com/conditions/migraines.Html. In true migraines the most effective modality is neurotransmitter precursor treatment. Nucca chiropractic and homeopathy are also great options. All these can be combined, but not started at same time for sake of clarity. The article explains them all. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Just to be clear: Just to be clear...you are asking about serotonin ANTagonists, right? The rage right now is to treat migraines with Serotonin AGONISTS & they're all in a class called THE TRIPTANS. If you Google them you'll get them all in one click & you can look & read about them. ANTagonists are also used but PREVENTATIVELY not acutely. Most effective is probably Sansert followed by Midrin. Happy NY! ...Read more
Treat encephalitis: Treatment of encephalitis depends upon the cause and clinical progression. Usually, the treatment is supportive, as many cases are viral and there is not a specific cure. However, in hsv encephalitis, Acyclovir is used to treat the virus. In certain cases, hospitalization, nutritional support, fever control, antiseizure medication, mechanical ventilation, and corticosteroids may be needed. ...Read more
Lithium bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate): Lithium, a mood stabilizer, is one of the most common medications used to treat bipolar disorder. Anticonvulsant meds for seizures, like Lamictal and depakote, are also frequently used. Additional medications also include atypical antipsychotics and antidepressants. ...Read more
Gonorrhea: In the summer of 2012, the CDC updated the guidelines again - recommending that all gonorrhea cases be treated with injectable, rather than oral, antibiotics. Also, because Chlamydia is so often also present, it is recommended to always treat for that, too. Best wishes to you! ...Read more
Many to chose from: There are many different groups of high blood pressure meds beta blockers calcium channet blockers ace inhibiters angoitensin receptor blockers renin inhibiters diuretics alpha blockers central acting drugs vasodilaters so here you have all the groups and each group has several meds.What will work for you without causing side effects in your individual case is decided by your doctor. ...Read moreSee 4 more doctor answers
None really: Presently, there is no specific drug treatment available. However, physicians do use anti-platelet agents such as aspirin, dipyridamole, or clopidogrel in efforts to retard the disease process by helping to prevent some strokes. Research is trying to find ways to assist this very troubling condition. ...Read more
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