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Withdrawing from Psychiatric Medications

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Withdrawing from Psychiatric MedicationsYou’ve been diagnosed with a mental disorder and have been in treatment now for years. You’ve done both psychotherapy and psychiatric medications, and now it’s time to try to live life drug-free. You’ve successfully ended your psychotherapy treatment, but now you’re looking for advice and information about how to end your psychiatric medications.

My first suggestion to you would be to talk to your doctor or psychiatrist. Nobody should go off of any medication without first getting their doctor’s consent and, hopefully, cooperation (or, if not their consent, at least their grudging acceptance that it’s your body and you can do with it what you want). Ideally, you’re seeing a psychiatrist for your psychiatric medications and not just your family doctor. If you are just seeing your family doctor, you may need a little more help than someone seeing a psychiatrist, because psychiatrists have much greater familiarity with helping people get off of the medications they previously prescribed to them. (In my experience, I’ve found many family doctors simply have little clue about the idiosyncrasies of discontinuing psychiatric medications, because of their unique tapering properties.)

Sex on Antidepressants

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

Sex on AntidepressantsA while back, a reader asked me if I’d cover the topic of intimacy complications with regard to antidepressants.

Ah. Yeah. Every time I write about this controversial topic, I usually get hammered by the left, right, and center. This is obviously delicate ground, so let me tread lightly.

In a recent Johns Hopkins Health Alert called “The Challenge of Antidepressant Medication and Intimacy,” I read this:

While sexual dysfunction is a frequent symptom of depression itself (and successful treatment of depression may eliminate it), antidepressant medication can sometimes worsen or even cause sexual problems. In fact, sexual dysfunction is a potential side effect of all classes of antidepressants.

13 Myths of Schizophrenia

Monday, January 18th, 2010

13 Myths of SchizophreniaSchizophrenia is one of those mental disorders that many people seem to confuse with …

Medicaid Children Get 4x More Antipsychotics

Sunday, December 13th, 2009

If you’re a child in Medicaid, you already have a more difficult life than average ahead of you. Children in Medicaid programs have nearly twice …

10 Ways to Manage Your Weight on Psych Meds

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

10 Ways to Manage Your Weight on Psych MedsAwhile back, a Beyond Blue reader asked me to address the …

9 Myths of Bipolar Disorder

Friday, June 12th, 2009

9 Myths of Bipolar DisorderBipolar disorder has been the focus of attention in …

Hiding Akathisia in Abilify

Monday, May 11th, 2009

What if your new drug has an unwanted side effect that’s going to impact sales if it becomes widely known? Well, in the case of …

Surprise Approval of Fanapt Makes Stock Go Wild

Thursday, May 7th, 2009

Shares of Vanda Pharmaceuticals, the makers of Fanapt (iloperidone), surged today after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration sprang a surprise drug approval for Fanapt …

Zyprexa Redux

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

If you haven’t been hiding under a rock in the past few years, you’ve probably heard about Zyprexa (olanzapine). It’s an atypical antipsychotic psychiatric medication …

Antipsychotic Use in Elderly, Alzheimer’s

Friday, January 9th, 2009

A rebuke to years of off-label marketing by pharmaceutical companies behind closed doctors’ doors was just published in the form of a journal article demonstrating …

FDA Advisors: Stop the Overuse of Atypical Antipsychotics in Children

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

During a routine review of the safety of Johnson & Johnson’s atypical antipsychotic Risperdal and Eli Lilly’s Zyprexa, a panel of experts consulting with the …

Did Eli Lilly Downplay Zyprexa’s Health Risks?

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

A New York City federal judge ordered drug company Eli Lilly to unseal confidential documents concerning the popular antipsychotic drug Zyprexa (Olanzapine) this past …

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