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When, preferably before, starting any medication to treat a neurological psychiatric condition - taking crazy meds for brain cooties as we call it - here is everything you need to know. OK, it’s far from everything. These are things that most, if not all, crazy meds have in common. It doesn’t matter if you’re obsessed or depressed, schizophrenic or epileptic, bipolar or a migraineur, all of the above or none of the above, whatever meds you’re taking for whatever reason and condition, here’s the basic stuff everyone should know:
- Should You Be Taking Meds in the First Place? Crazymeds’ “Am I That Messed Up?” quiz.
- Tips on How to Take Psychiatric/Neurological Drugs There’s more than “Don’t operate heavy machinery.”
- Tips on How to Stop Taking Psychiatric/Neurological Drugs You don’t want to wind up crazier than you were to begin with.
- Mixing Your Med Cocktail with Actual Cocktails You’re No Fun Anymore.
- Common Side Effects No matter which one(s) you take, they will mess with your dreams. Other stuff will probably happen as well.
- Meds with Fewer Side Effects than Most If you look at the PI sheets, even the placebo has side effects.
- Dealing with Side Effects What you can do about common and most complained-about side effects.
- The Differences Between Brand Name and Generic Medications Brand isn’t necessarily better, just different.
- Meds & Supplements Do you need to take any? Are there any you shouldn’t take?
- Talking to Your Doctor Planning ahead for, and making the most of, that 15-min med check appt.
- What You Should Know Before Buying Meds Online
- Fun fact: in 2009 90% of the ads for online pharmacies were for fraudulent websites.
- Not so fun facts: not only do fraudulent pharmacies use “crazy meds” and snippets from this site in their search term spamming, many of them appear ahead of us in Google’s and Yahoo/Bing’s search results.
- Because of that gmail, hotmail, AOL and others always send mail from Crazymeds directly to the spam folder, or delete just it.
- How to Apply for SSDI/SSI Benefits
- Because if you’re crazy enough to be reading this site, the odds are you’re too crazy, or otherwise ain’t right in the head, to hold down a job.
- Sorry migraineurs, your debilitating pain still doesn’t mean shit to the SSA.
- Pharmacology Basics An overview of how meds work for various brain cooties, and how most psychiatric and neurological conditions work to make our lives miserable.
- Crazymeds’ Guide to Psychiatric Evaluations - A look at how the FDA & drug companies determine how effective medications are, and how doctors determine how crazy you are.
- Evaluating Research Papers - How to tell if news reports or websites citing studies about meds understand what those studies are about.
- Or if the studies themselves are any good in the first place.
- Including the clinical trials used to get medications approved by the FDA.
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- Terms, Abbreviations, Acronyms & Initialisms - Definitions of some of the gibberish you’ll see here, other health-related sites, and in medical literature.
- Our Drug Guides Explained. They make perfect sense to me…
- FDA Drug Safety and Availability Updates. Key pages being:
- Other useful FDA pages:
- Useful stuff on Drugs.com:
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What You Need to Know about Psychiatric & Neurological Drugs and Conditions by Jerod Poore is copyright © 2010 Jerod Poore
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Almost all of the material on this site is by Jerod Poore and is copyright © 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 Jerod Poore. Except, of course, the PI sheets - those are the property of the drug companies who developed the drugs the sheets are about - and any documents that are written by other people which may be posted to this site will remain the property of the original authors. You cannot reproduce this page or any other material on this site outside of the boundaries of fair use copying without the express permission of the copyright holder. That’s usually me, so just ask first. That means if want to print out a few pages to take to your doctor, therapist, counselor, support group, non-understanding family members or something like that - then that’s OK to just do. Go for it! Please. As long as you include this copyright notice and something along the lines of following disclaimer, I’m usually cool with it.
All rights reserved. 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. If you still have questions about a medication or condition that were not answered on any of the pages you read, please ask them on Crazy Talk: the Crazymeds Forum.
The information on Crazymeds pertains to and is intended for adults. While some information about children and adolescents is occasionally presented (e.g. US FDA approvals), pediatric-specific data such as dosages, side effects, off-label applications, etc. are rarely included in the articles on drugs or discussed on the forum. If you are looking for information regarding meds for children you’ll have to go somewhere else. Plus we are big pottymouths and talk about S-E-X a lot.
Know your sources!
Nobody on this site is a doctor, a therapist, or a pharmacist. We don’t portray them either here or on TV. Only doctors can diagnose and treat an illness. While it’s not as bad as it used to be, some doctors still get pissed off by patients who know too much about medications, so tread lightly when and where appropriate. Diagnosing yourself from a website is like defending yourself in court, you suddenly have a fool for a doctor. Don’t be a cyberchondriac, thinking you have every disease you see a website about, or that you’ll get every side effect from every medication1. Self-prescribing is as dangerous as buying meds from fraudulent online pharmacies that promise you medications without prescriptions.
All information on this site has been obtained from the medications’ product information / summary of product characteristic (PI/SPC) sheets and/or medication guides - which is all you get from sites like WebMD, RxList,
NAMBLA NAMI, etc., the sources that are referenced throughout the site, our personal experience and the experiences family, friends, and what people have reported on various reputable sites all over teh intergoogles. As such the information presented here is not intended as a substitute for real medical advice from your real doctor, just a compliment to it. You should never, ever, replace what a real doctor tells you with something from a website on the Internet. The farthest you should ever take it is getting a second opinion from another real doctor. Educate yourself - always read the PI/SPC sheet or medication guide/patient information leaflet (PIL) that comes with your medications and never ever throw them away. OK, you can throw away duplicate copies, but keep at least one, as that’s your proof of purchase of having taken a med in case a doctor doubts your medical history. Plus they take up less space than a bottle, although keeping one inside of a pill bottle is even better.
Crazymeds is not responsible for the content of sites we provide links to. We like them, or they’re paid advertisements, or they’re something else we think you should read to help you make an informed decision about a particular med. Sometimes they’re more than one of those things. But what’s on those sites is their business, not ours.
Crazymeds is optimized for ridiculously large screens and browsers that don’t block ads. I use Firefox and Chrome, running under Windows 72. On a computer that sits on top of my desk. With a 23 inch monitor. Hey, at least you can make the text larger or smaller by clicking on the + or - buttons in the upper right hand corner. If you have Java enabled. Like 99% of the websites on the planet, Crazymeds is hosted on domain running an open source operating system with a variety of open source applications, including the software used to display what you’ve been reading. As such Crazymeds is not responsible for whatever weird shit your browser does or does not do when you read this site3.
No neurologists, psychiatrists, therapists or pharmacists were harmed in the production of this website. Use only as directed. Void where prohibited. Contains nuts. Certain restrictions may apply. All data are subject to availability. Not available on all mobile devices, in the 12 Galaxies Guiltied to a Zegnatronic Rocket Society, or in all dimensions of reality. Hail Xenu!
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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.
2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.
3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?* I don’t even need my big-ass rant any more. Heartbleed has made my case for me. And that’s just the one that got all the media attention. The very nature of an open source operating system makes security as much of an illusion as anonymity on teh Intergoogles. Before you flip out too much: the domain Crazymeds is hosted on uses a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug. That’s one of the many reasons why I pay a lot of money and keep this site on Lunarpages.
* Yes, I know I’m using open source browsers. I also test the site using the now-defunct IE and Safari browsers. Their popularity - and superiority - killed IE and Safari, so that’s why I rely on the open source browsers. It’s like brand vs. generic meds. Sometimes the generic is better than the brand.