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” »

How To Cut Your Sodium

Sodium can cause Major heart problems down the road. Canned vegetables and lunch meat taste high in salt, but not all foods that are high in sodium are so easily recognized. You may not think that a bagel tastes salty, but a 4 inch oat bran bagel contains 451 MG of sodium. That’s almost a quarter of the recommended daily intake. Continue reading “How To Cut Your Sodium” »

Hypertension Medications

Patients suffering from chronic hypertension will probably be prescribed either hypertension medications or other measures to help lower their blood pressure. Regular use of blood pressure monitors helps to track the effect the hypertension medications have on the patient’s blood pressure. Continue reading “Hypertension Medications” »

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” »

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” »

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” »

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)

This is one of the few class of meds with which neither Mouse nor I have had any personal experience. If all else fails, medication-wise, there are the MAOIs. Although I think they should be considered before the TCAs. Outside of the US you can find things like MAOI type B meds, reverse MAOIs and the MAOI patch, all of which deal in one way or another with the overwhelming lifestyle changes that come with MAOIs. Continue reading “Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)” »