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Mental Health Medications Index & Information

Home Anti-Anxiety To find information on idividual medications, select them from the list below.  If you don't find the medication you are looking for in our list, send in your request using our Comments Form, and we will try to add it.
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The information you will find here is meant as a guide to better inform you. Most medications have side effects, and if any of these concern you please talk this over with your doctor.

Many times people let the fear of side effects keep them from taking medications they need that will help them. We want to note that you should discuss this with your Dr before deciding to discontinue your medications. In any circumstance you should discuss it with your Doctor before discontinuing them on your own. Some medications can have withdrawals and should only be discontinued under a Doctors care.

Anytime you go to any doctor always tell them the exact medications you are taking so as to not cause any conflicts with a newly prescribed medication. If you have a need to take OTC (over the counter) medications for ANYTHING, always ask you doctor to see if it safe to mix them.

Self-medication can be dangerous. Interpretation of both signs and symptoms of the illness and side effects are jobs for the professional. The prescription and management of medication, in all cases, must be done by a responsible physician working closely with the patient and sometimes the patient's family or other mental health professionals. This is the only way to ensure that the most effective use of medication is achieved with minimum risk of side effects or complications. Oftentimes an individual is taking more than one medication and at different times of the day. It is essential to take the correct dosage of each medication. An easy way to ensure this is to use a 7-day pill box, available at the prescription counter in any pharmacy, and to fill the box with the proper medications at the beginning of each week.

Anyone can develop a mental illness you, a family member, a friend, or the fellow down the block. Some disorders are mild, while others are serious and long-lasting. These conditions can be helped. One way an important way is with psychotherapeutic medications. Compared to other types of treatment, these medications are relative newcomers in the fight against mental illness. It was only 41 years ago that the first one, chlorpromazine, was introduced. But considering the short time they've been around, psychotherapeutic medications have made dramatic changes in the treatment of mental disorders. People who, years ago, might have spent many years in mental hospitals because of crippling mental illness may now only go in for brief treatment, or might receive all their treatment at an outpatient clinic. Psychotherapeutic medications also may make other kinds of treatment more effective. Someone who is too depressed to talk, for instance, can't get much benefit from psychotherapy or counseling; but often, the right medication will improve symptoms so that the person can respond better. Another benefit from these medications is an increased understanding of the causes of mental illness. Scientists have learned a great deal more about the workings of the brain as a result of their investigations into how psycho- therapeutic medications relieve disorders such as psychosis, depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, and panic disorder.

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