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Re: Schizophrenics corner

Posted by JohnL on April 21, 2000, at 2:52:07

In reply to Re: Schizophrenics corner, posted by Deb R on April 20, 2000, at 10:02:48

My doctor uses schizophrenic meds a lot for all kinds of psychiatric symptoms...schizo negative symptoms, psychosis, depression, anxiety. He uses three or four regularly, but claims it is crucial that the patient try them all in short trials (2 weeks or so each) to compare and find the best match.

In cases where sedation and/or weight gain are a problem, he prefers Risperdal which generally has less, if any, of those side effects. Another common one he uses is Stelazine. It is more alerting, and works similar to the European med Amisulpride. He also uses Stelazine as an antidote for a bad medicine reaction. He sends all patients home with a sample of Stelazine and/or Xanax, which are to be taken for immediate relief when a trial of an antidepressant or something gives a bad response. Such as worsening depression, anxiety, irritability, etc. Just based on my doctor's strategy--and he is having very good results with it--anyone in need of an antipsychotic should include Risperdal and Stelazine in their trials. One of them may work remarkably better than another for each particular person's chemistry, and the side effect profiles are distinctly different.




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