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Why are antidepressants used to treat migraine?

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 more

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
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Migraine Headaches (Definition)

Migraine headaches are a common condition that often include a headache with throbbing, pulsing pain, blurriness of vision, nausea, and sensitivity to light. They ...Read more


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Why are anticonvulsants used to treat migraine?

Why are anticonvulsants used to treat migraine?

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 more

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What drugs are used to treat epilepsy?

What drugs are used to treat epilepsy?

Many various: There are many different causes of epilepsy and, therefore, many different medications used to treat it. Probably the most well-known medications are Phenobarbital and dilantin. This is a complex subject and should be discussed with a neurologist. ...Read more

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What medications are used to treat bipolar depression?

What medications are used to treat bipolar depression?

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

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What medications are used to treat bipolar depression?

What medications are used to treat bipolar depression?

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

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What are alternatives to antipsychotics used to treat schgizophrenia?

What are alternatives to antipsychotics used to treat schgizophrenia?

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

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What alternative therapies are used to treat migraine?

What alternative therapies are used to treat migraine?

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 more

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What are some Serotonin Antagonists used for migraines? Are they efficacious?

What are some Serotonin Antagonists used for migraines? 
Are they efficacious?

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

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What medications are used to treat ALS?

What medications are used to treat ALS?

ALS treatment: Normally people with ALS are treated with the medicine Riluzole 50 mg twice per day. They may also be treated with assistive devices for speaking, swallowing, walking, or breathing at times. ...Read more

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What drugs are used to treat ibs?

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What drugs are used to treat ibs?

IBS: For mild........Low fat, high fiber diet. Medications are laxatives such as metamucil. For moderate........Laxatives such as chronulac or sorbitol, imodium, (loperamide) questran, levsin, bentyl. For severe..............Antidepressants for constant pain. ...Read more

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What drugs are used to treat add?

What drugs are used to treat add?

Stimulants and nonst: stimulants such as Adderall and Ritalin nonstimulants such as Intuniv, Kapvay and Strattera and Occasionally other medicines such as Wellbutrin (bupropion) ...Read more

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What drugs are used to treat encephalitis?

What drugs are used to treat encephalitis?

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

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What are some specific medications commonly used to treat bipolar disorder?

What are some specific medications commonly used to treat bipolar disorder?

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

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What are medicines used to treat gonorhea?

What are medicines used to treat gonorhea?

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

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What other medications are used for treating migraine headaches?

What other medications are used for treating migraine headaches?

Many: If caught early enough Excedrin or alive or Ibuprofen may help. If these meds do not work then medications like Imitrex (sumatriptan) or other medications in the same class should help. ...Read more

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What medications are most commonly used to treat hypertension?

What medications are most commonly used to treat hypertension?

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 more

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Are medications used to treat dystonia? 

Are medications used to treat dystonia? 

Yes: Several different kinds of medications can be helpful with dystonias, depending on the type of dystonia. Neurologists and psychiatrists generally have the most expertise for helping with dystonias. ...Read more

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What drugs are used to treat cadasil dementia?

What drugs are used to treat cadasil dementia?

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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What are some prescription medications used to treat anemia?

What are some prescription medications used to treat anemia?

Depends: What is the cause of the anemia? Is it iron deficiency, B12 deficiency? Is the bone marrow functioning? You need to know the cause in order to recommend therapy. Hope this helps. ...Read more

Dr. Dariush Saghafi
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Migraine (Definition)

A type of headache that is associated with throbbing localized pain and usually causes light ...Read more