Psychiatric Medications

People suffering from a panic attack often think they are having a heart attack: their heart pounds; their chest is tight; they sweat profusely, feel they are choking or smothering, have numbness or tingling around their lips or their fingers and toes, and may be nauseated and chilled. Panic attacks are so terrifying and unpredictable that many victims may begin to avoid places and situations that remind them of those under which previous panic attacks occurred. Over time the victim may even refuse to leave home. Currently, many psychiatrists may prescribe alprazolam for people who suffer with panic attacks. However, as already stated, this medication can cause dependency when used for an extended period. Once an anti-depressant has taken effect, physicians treating panic with alprazolam and an anti-depressant in tandem will usually reduce the alprazolam dosage slowly. Learning new ways of thinking, modifying behavior, learning relaxation techniques and participating in support groups are among the non-medication treatments that are also important parts of the overall treatment plan for panic disorder. While alprazolam is the only medication the FDA has approved for treatment of panic disorder, research continues into the positive effects of other medications as well. In clinical trials panic disorder has responded well to heterocyclic anti-depressant medications. In fact, antidepressant medications such as imipramine have been effective in reducing panic symptoms in 50 to 90 percent of the patients studied. When combined with psychological and behavioral treatments, the effectiveness of the medications increases. When the panic symptoms lessen, the patient can begin working with the psychiatrist in understanding his or her illness and coping with its effects on daily life. Likewise, studies have suggested that MAOIs such as phenelzine or tranylcypromine can be as effective as heterocyclic anti-depressants in the treatment of panic. Fluoxetine, which is also awaiting FDA approval for treatment of panic, has had promising results in tests of its effects on panic. Antipsychotic Drugs Psychosis is a symptom, not a disease. It can be part of several mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression. It also can be a symptom of physical illnesses such as brain tumors, or of drug interactions, of substance abuse, or of other physical conditions. Psychosis alters a person's ability to test reality. A person may suffer from hallucinations, which are sensations that he or she thinks are real but don't exist; delusions, which are ideas which he or she believes despite all proof that they are false; and thought disorders, in which his or her thought processes are chaotic and illogical. Schizophrenia is the mental illness most often associated with psychosis. Researchers do not know the specific causes of schizophrenia, though most believe that it is primarily a physical brain disease. Some believe that the neurotransmitter dopamine is involved with the hallucinations, delusions, thought disorders and blunted emotional responses of this mental illness. Most medications prescribed for schizophrenia affect

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mike connelly said: I am taking 80mg of prozac with 300mg effexor and 3mg of klonipin per day for my OCD.Can adding a b-complex and 5Htp be dangerous or cause serotinin syndrone? [I would be cautious and talk to my doctor before taking 5-HTP or tryptophan with any SSRI (and Prozac is an SSRI). there is a risk of Serotonin Syndrome occuring if you mix the two.] said: Would not let my worse enemy take this stuff. Side effects while on were bad, weaning myself off was pure HELLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!! Cmnicol said: I had to be evaluated for dizzy spells and I have BPPV my Dr wants me off Zoloft. I took 100mg per day for 10+ years. My last dose was Sunday Sept 11th 2004. I feel great, no bad withdrawel symptoms, except for a strange feeling in my head, feels like a ZAP or shock that occurs through out the day. Is this normal and how long will it last ? Hope someone can tell me as I don't want to go back on the Zoloft.. Thanks CMN camel said:

I have been on 20 mg of Lexapro for a little over a year now. I was on Prozac for 2 years and doing well but got Mononucleosis that wasn't diagnosed and I was switched to Effexor which put 35 lbs on me in less than 2 months. Lexapro has made me a zombie. I feel like I am watching life rather than participating in it. Just to site an example... yesterday I skydived for the first time. I jumped from almost 14,000 feet above the earth at 120 mph with no emotion. I landed and said "Wow - that was surreal." No excitement and no fear. No residual happiness or worry or sadness or anything. I am just existing. I can't stand it and came here tonight for affirmation that I need to get off this medication once and for all and reclaim my life! Perdita said: This is a message for Brian: It really sounds like your wife has bipolar disorder. Manic and hypomanic symptoms can be induced or made worse by anti-depressants. Take a look at: Hope things go better. I take effexor along with other meds to control hypomania and really like the effexor. I don't really notice any side effects from it. I bounce off the walls though on anti-depressants alone.

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