Average doses are in the range of 20 mg to 30 mg daily. But some patients may require 40 to 60 mg a day. In others, however, a…

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What do SSRIs do for depression? SSRIs treat depression by increasing levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is one of the chemical messengers (neurotransmitters) that carry signals…

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Keep in mind that melatonin as it occurs naturally in the body doesn’t have much of a daytime presence, so if you take melatonin too close to morning…

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Why can’t you get melatonin in the UK? In some countries, melatonin is available to buy in health food shops or online. It is sold as a complementary…

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In people with bipolar disorder, SSRIs and other antidepressants carry a risk of inducing mania, making it essential to monitor for signs of excess energy, decreased need for…

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Increasing both aerobic exercise and strength training, ideally four times a week for a minimum of 30 to 45 minutes, can increase muscle tone and metabolism and reduce…

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Ritalin, a drug used to treat ADHD, has also been shown to give healthy people a slight boost in working memory. Does Ritalin cause memory problems? The drug…

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What drugs are considered antipsychotics? Medications available in this class include risperidone (Risperdal), quetiapine (Seroquel), olanzapine (Zyprexa), ziprasidone (Zeldox), paliperidone (Invega), aripiprazole (Abilify) and clozapine (Clozaril). What are…

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It is also the case that medications such as escitalopram (the generic name of Cipralex, which is sold as Lexapro in the United States) can be associated with…

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Gabapentin requires three times daily administration because of its short duration of effect. Gabapentin enacarbil (brand name Horizant) only requires once-daily dosing. Only effective for partial-onset seizures, not…

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