With this post, we continue our biweekly series on medications used to treat bipolar disorder and related symptoms.
We have already covered lithium, along with anti-seizure and atypical antipsychotics commonly used as anti-manic medications or mood stabilizers in bipolar disorder.
Most people on Paxil take 10 to 40mg but it can be as high as 60 or 80 mg per day or up to 75 mg for Paxil CR (controlled release).
Your doctor will work with you to determine an effective dosage.
They may also be prescribed to treat anxiety, panic, agoraphobia, generalized anxiety disorder, PTSD, OCD, eating disorders, and other stress-related issues.
When treating anxiety, these antidepressants are usually started at low doses.
Psychiatric medications (psychoactive drugs) can assist in relieving many symptoms of anxiety or depression, but they do not necessarily correct the underlying problem.
This means that your depression may not lift for several weeks.
I often tell patients that however they feel in the first two weeks is unlikely to be how they feel in a month – so if they are feeling some early side effects, hold on because they will likely get better.
Many, but not all, individuals with Alzheimer’s will develop them.
Many people with Alzheimer’s and their families find behavioral symptoms the most challenging and distressing aspects of the disease.