for Depression, Migraines, Bipolar Disorder, Epilepsy, Schizophrenia, & Assorted Other Brain Cooties
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Welcome to Crazymeds, where we try to explain more about psychiatric and neurological medications than the WebMD family1 and any other site that offers “FDA-approved” information. Instead of reformatted for a more advertising-rich experience2, but otherwise word-for-word copies of the same medication guides and prescribing information / package inserts (PI) that
often are supposed to come with your meds3, Crazymeds is where you can learn what’s good, what’s bad, what’s interesting, and what’s plain weird and funny about the medications used to treat depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, epilepsy, migraines, anxiety, neuropathic pain, or whatever psychiatric and/or neurological conditions you might have. We give you details other sites don’t, ones that are really helpful for you to work with your doctor(s) to find the right treatment options. Things like:
- How likely a med will work to treat what you have.
- When will it start to work.
- What its pros and cons are.
- How long side effects stick around
- and what, if anything, can be done about them.
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If you know the name of the medication(s) you’re looking for, you’ll probably want our list of drugs by names and class/category. There’s also our much larger list of all the meds we know about to treat various conditions, including all the brand/trade names we can find for every med in every country in which each is available. We also have the drugs sorted into broad categories with lots of overlapping memberships:
- Antidepressants, like Celexa and Effexor, for the treatment of depression (duh), anxiety, and other conditions.
- Mood Stabilizers, such as Lamictal and Seroquel, for the treatment of bipolar disorder.
- Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), also known as anticonvulsants, which are used to treat one or more of epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and migraines. Depakote and Stavzor even have FDA approval to treat all three.
- Antipsychotics, such as Invega and Abilify, to treat schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and depression.
- Anxiolytics - in English: drugs to treat anxiety and the alphabet soup of anxiety spectrum disorders like GAD, PTSD and OCD. These are mostly SSRIs like Lexapro, as well as benzodiazepines and a few specifically non-benzodiazepine anxiolytic drugs like BuSpar.
- Benzodiazepines like Valium (diazepam) and Xanax (alprazolam), which are used to treat anxiety, epilepsy, sleep disorders and more.
- Medications for Headaches and Neuropathic Pain, which are primarily AEDs like Topamax and Neurontin, and some antidepressants, like Cymbalta.
- “Headache” usually, but does not always mean “migraine.” Like every condition discussed on this site, officially or unofficially, headaches are a spectrum disorder.
- Neuropathic pain is a catch-all term for specific conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia (sometimes misdiagnosed as migraines) to chronic idiopathic pain.
- Medications for Adult ADD/ADHD. Mostly stimulants like Adderall, but also non-stimulant medications like Strattera.
- Medications for Sleep Disorders include stimulants, benzodiazepines, and non-benzodiazepine hypnotics like Ambien.
- Stimulants, such as Adderall and Provigil (modafinil), to treat the above-mentioned Adult ADD/ADHD4, sleep disorders like narcolepsy, as well as other conditions.
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1 WebMD owns eMedicineHealth, RxList, Medscape, MedicineNet, and theheart.org.
2 Like I should give them shit about ad-rich environments.
3 If you didn't get that information with your meds, we have it. You can also get it from the drug's official website - which we link to - the U.S. National Institutes of Health's collection of medication guides at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginformation.html , and their direct-from-the-FDA package inserts (AKA "FDA-approved information") at http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/about.cfm . All on one page without any ads.
At least Drugs.com, while they get a most of their content about individual drugs from the PIs and medication guides, also gets and presents info from other sources. Eventually they put up stuff we've had since 2004, like trade names and availability outside of the US, and popular off-label uses. Like most sites they had drug ratings long before I did. They also have the best drug-whatever interaction checker since AIDSmeds took theirs off the air, and generally the best pill identifier I've seen. And they go overboard with a lot of their HONcode requirements like I do. If you can't find what you're looking for here, go there.
4 Note how I've emphasized the word ADULT. Crazymeds deals with adults. Other than listing a medication's pediatric approvals, warnings about not prescribing a med to kids, and reminding some people how lucky they are to not have children with specific forms of neurological or psychiatric disorders, we don't deal with children. We especially do not deal with kids on the Crazy Talk forum. Parents: you'll need to go elsewhere. I don't have the emotional stamina to help you.
Finding the Treatment Options that Suck Less by Jerod Poore is copyright © 2010 Jerod Poore
|Last modified on Sunday, 19 July, 2015 at 11:19:55 by JerodPoore||Page Author: Jerod Poore||Date created: 15 September 2010|
All drug names are the trademarks of someone else. Look on the appropriate PI sheets or ask Google who the owners are. The way pharmaceutical companies buy each other and swap products like Monopoly™ real estate, the ownership of any trademarks may have changed without my noticing.
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Don’t automatically believe everything you read on teh Intergoogles. No warranty is expressed or implied in this information. Consult one or more doctors and/or pharmacists before taking, or changing how you take any neurological and/or psychiatric medication. Your mileage may vary. What happened to us won’t necessarily happen to you. For more details see the Crazymeds big-ass disclaimer.