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  1. Hi, fellow sadlings. Recently a VNS device has been approved for treatment-resistant depression by the FDA. This is the first real push towards using implanted electrical devices for mood disorders, and I think it's an important topic for people to think about. Although no different in technology level than say a simple pacemaker, the ethical concerns go quite beyond that for me. I have tried to explore the issue in brief with this rough draft posted in my personal journal, but other areas of concern are receptions of mood altering devices in religion (not just Scientology, but Christianit
  2. Trileptal (oxcarbazepine) Tablets and Oral Solution Audience: Neuropsychiatric healthcare professionals and consumers Novartis Pharmaceuticals and FDA notified healthcare professionals about revisions to the WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS sections of the prescribing information for TRILEPTAL (oxcarbazepine) tablets and oral suspension, indicated for use as monotherapy or adjunctive therapy in the treatment of partial seizures in adults and children ages 4-16 years with epilepsy. The updated WARNINGS section describes serious dermatological reactions, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS
  3. What's your problem? Insomnias - Disorders associated with complaints of insufficient, disturbed, or nonrestorative sleep Hypersomnias - Disorders associated with excessive sleepiness Parasomnias - Disorders associated with abnormal behaviors or abnormal physiologic events during sleep Circadian disturbances - Alterations of the sleep-wake cycle Avoid the following if at all possible * central nervous system stimulants * beta-blockers * bronchodilators * calcium channel blockers * corticosteroids * decongestants * stimulating antidepressants
  4. Benzodiazepines are a class of medication that has somewhat torrid history regarding past use and current use of the class of medication. Many pdocs are unwilling to prescribe a benzo to current patients, because alternative treatments are available that may keep your anxiety under control, or they do not want to risk addiction issues with their patient, or benzos are not indicated for their type of anxiety or prior history (which could include drug abuse). Not everyone develops a dependency to benzodiazepines. Many people can stop taking them and are just fine. If you only take your be
  5. May want to add, coming from someone with dx depression w/ anxiety stuff. In some cases, the pdoc may feel that your anxiety level warrants a small dose of benzodiazepine (or insert your anxiety killer of choice, i.e. seroquel at PM), to ease the transition onto a SSRI and make not drop out from their first, second, whatever trial of an SSRI when that drug might of actually happened. Anything that might allow a patient to complete a full trial of a SSRI, is worth considering and important, IMHO. Recommendations? Whatever the pdoc recommends, but as a patient, asking for 1 or 2 weeks of the
  6. I'm being way too lazy ATM. This is not from forum as far as I know (or at least easily collated in one post, but I didn't search either). 1) Activation to Sedation level of the SSRIs. Prozac at the top of activating, Paxil at the lowest. Lexapro & Celexa at the middle. I'm addled off of too much sleep, so I'll edit this thing or you edit my useless comments. I think it goes. Activating <-- Neutral --> Sedating This varies for everyone, based on body chemistry and how the drug works for you (or does not work), but from a pharmacology view, this is true. I will not label what m
  7. Herpie, Only linked the vitamin shoppe Health Notes, because it's easily accessable. It's a pay-for database of information with bibliographical notes at the end. You can find it on other websites, but it's easiest to navigate from there. This This explains better what it exactly is, and how the information is extracted and compiled from medical journals. Other places to access the same information (so we don't feel like we're endoring Vitamin Shoppe) 1, 2. I mainly use it for a quick look up of a herb and basic properties of it, and then roughly look at their "guide" for conditi
  8. Here are what we as moderators are in general agreement for different sources of your supplements: For Omega 3 Fatty Acids many of us prefer Nordic Naturals. Twinlab is also another source that is mentioned in the CrazyMeds article about this subject. You want a product high in EPA or DHA, which one is dependant on your mental condition. For vegetarian sources of Omega 3's: Barlean's Twin Omega Lignan. You need the omega 6 source in this product to balance out the large amount of Omega 3's you would consume to acheive high levels of DHA & EPA. For general vitamins: TwinLab, Solgar
  9. ok. here's a list of stuff for me to do. more ***'s the more important for me to do EPA versus DHA, and what they do, and why one is more important to the other for YOUR medical condition. with links to studies. ***rhodiola rosea **acupressure **acupuncture (have to research this - lacking in knowlege) *acetyl-l-carnitine - as relates to omega 3 and for energy **acetyl-l-carnitine-arginate (make sure link to studies showing increased neuron growth) **alpha-lipoic acid - as relates to energy, and metabolism ***hormonal stuff: people use DHEA and pregnenelone more and more
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