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  1. HMO battle

    I don't' think Medicare allows 90 day fills of Schedule II meds but they seem to allow everything else in a 90 day fill, getting a 90 day fill would avoid having scripts becoming invalid.
  2. Well of course for people with chronic liver illness many more meds are going to affect the liver. For those without liver disease, the majority of people, most drugs do not irritate the liver.
  3. IT depends on what you are doing to avoid withdrawal. IF you are taking more than prescribed that could indicate addiction. Running out early could also indicate addiction. I think Iceberg wroe a good description of addiction vs. dependence. Propranolol can be used as needed or all the time. If anxiety comes and goes, prn dosing makes sense. I have a hand tremor caused by abilify which is constant so prn dosing makes no sense.
  4. Anyone older than 50 has some fat in their liver and it is not an issue. The ultrasound I had of my belly showed a fatty liver with a note to check my liver function. My liver function test (LFT) was perfect. Slight elevations of the LFT are normal, LFT's are referred to in multiples of the baseline or normal reading, ie, "James' liver test was not bad, just 3 times normal.
  5. Not true. Most drugs do not irritate the liver. I take 14 meds a day and my liver tests come back fine and not elevated at all.
  6. Benadryl is OK short term but in the long term it and many other anticholinergic drugs have been linked to dementia, so it is not a drug to take all the time. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/common-anticholinergic-drugs-like-benadryl-linked-increased-dementia-risk-201501287667 "Common anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl linked to increased dementia risk. In a report published in JAMA Internal Medicine, researchers offers compelling evidence of a link between long-term use of anticholinergic medications like Benadryl and dementia. The ACT results add to mounting evidence that anticholinergics aren’t drugs to take long-term if you want to keep a clear head, and keep your head clear into old age. The body’s production of acetylcholine diminishes with age, so blocking its effects can deliver a double whammy to older people. It’s not surprising that problems with short-term memory, reasoning, and confusion lead the list of side effects of anticholinergic drugs, which also include drowsiness, dry mouth, urine retention, and constipation.
  7. adderall is a good equivalent to dexedrine and it is a generic drug now. Both contain dextroamphetamine.
  8. It has no effect on my sleep. I take 60 mg/day in a time release formulation.
  9. Most AP/AAP's have moderate to strong antidepressant action, most all affect serotonin sites.
  10. It takes 3 meds, Wellbutrin, Abilify, and amphetamine
  11. Lamictal is known for affecting language skills and memory. Usually at the higher dose ranges, higher than what is used for depression and bipolar. I was fine at 300 mg a day but 450 mg really messed with my language skills and memory. I could not remember what projects I was managing at work nor remember what I did yesterday at work.
  12. 10 years on Abilify, I have not seen it increase weight. In fact I am at my lowest weight in over 20 years. Abilify did not change my labs WRT glucose, ie fasting and hemoglobin A1C, and I am at my lowest today in over 10 years. It improves negative symptoms like apathy and anhedonia for me while in general functioning as an antidepressant.