How To Safely Stop Taking Psychiatric & Anti-Epileptic Medications

Lots of people hit this site wanting to know how to stop taking their crazy meds. That’s understandable. There are many good reasons to stop taking the meds. There are also many bad reasons to stop taking them. I’ll try to help you sort out the good from the bad reasons. But if you do have good reasons, you have to stop taking the meds safely. Continue reading “How To Safely Stop Taking Psychiatric & Anti-Epileptic Medications” »

Omega-3 EFAs

Omega-3 Fish Oils. There has been all of one double-blind study on the Omega-3 Fish Oils and everyone is hoping they will be some kind of “cure.” Well, they’re not. That is not to say they won’t help. I take them, and I think they’ve allowed me to keep the dosages lower for my regular meds, and that’s about the best you can hope for. Continue reading “Omega-3 EFAs” »

ADD/ADHD Medications

For individuals and families familiar with ADD/ADHD and its impact on behavior regarding family life, school performance and socialization at all levels, I am sure you have already had to make some difficult decisions regarding medication. Great strides have been made in understanding and managing this common child-hood disorder. Continue reading “ADD/ADHD Medications” »

Celexa And Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, or manic depression, is a mental illness that manifests itself as mood swings or mood cycling between depressed, manic, or normal moods. There are two types of bipolar disorder. The first type, sometimes called raging bipolar, manifests itself as almost constant mild mania, with periods of sever mania alternating with depression. Continue reading “Celexa And Bipolar Disorder” »

Medications For Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder, also known as manic depressive disorder, is a mental health condition that causes patients to experience mood swings such as periods of depression, mania, hypomania, or mixed episodes. There are many treatment options for bipolar disorder, but most cases of bipolar disorder are treated with a combination of medications and counseling or therapy. Continue reading “Medications For Bipolar Disorder” »

Dosage Equivalents

Sometimes you just need to switch meds. That’s life on the med-go-round. The question frequently comes up, what are the dosage equivalents of various drugs? Are you sure about that prescription your doctor gave you? Is your pharmacist at the HMO completely unresponsive? Here are some starting dosage equivalents for your peace of mind. Continue reading “Dosage Equivalents” »

Brand vs. Generic

I provided you with the generic name for each drug, and I list the generic names in the navigation panel of this site for all meds. If a generic version is available, you may not have a choice, that is what your HMO or insurance carrier is going to demand you take. We’ve been told since forever that there is no difference between brand and generic drugs. Continue reading “Brand vs. Generic” »

How To Read PI Sheets

You should take a moment to learn how to read PI sheets, as it is so not obvious as to how and when you’re supposed to read them.
Full Patient/Prescribing/Physician/Product Information Sheets OK, now your education really begins. You may or may not want or need to read the PI sheet before, during or after taking a medication. Continue reading “How To Read PI Sheets” »

Ascendin

US Brand Name: Asendin
Other Brand Names: Amoxan (Japan)
Asendis (England; Ireland)
Defanyl (France)
Demolox (Denmark; India; Portugal; Spain)
Generic Name: amoxapine
Other Forms:
FDA Approved Uses: Neurotic or reactive depressive disorders as well as endogenous and psychotic depressions. It’s approved for depression with anxiety and/or agitation.
Off-Label Uses: Panic/anxiety disorders, bulima.
Pros: It’s been for awhile, so doctors are familiar with its uses and effects. It starts to work very quickly. It almost does the antipsychotic-antidepressant combo by itself the way it blocks dopamine and works on serotonin & norepinephrine.
Cons: The dopamine-blocking does expose you to the potential for Tardive Dyskinesia and Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome. See the section on antipsychotics for more information. It also carries warnings for heart weirdness, so if you have any heart issues or family history of such, an EKG is in order.
Typical Side Effects: The so-called anticholinergic typical when starting antidepressants – headache, nausea, sweating, dry mouth, sleepiness or insomnia, and diarrhea or constipation and blurry vision. If you get any, or all, of these, expect them to pass in a week or two. Continue reading “Ascendin” »

4 Corners Heart Health Pharmacy

Heart Disease is the biggest killer in the United States and in the UK. The saddest thing about Heart disease is that it can kill people before their time and many deaths from Heart disease could be prevented. Unhealthy Cholesterol levels are one of the major risk factors for heart disease. The good news is that Blood Cholesterol Levels can be modified. Continue reading “4 Corners Heart Health Pharmacy” »