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Prednisone

Prednisone induced Bipolar Symptoms

Case Study - Mood and Cognitive Changes During Systemic Corticosteroid Therapy by E. Sherwood Brown PhD MD and Patricia A. Chandler MD: Patient A is a 43-year-old woman with no past psychiatric history who was diagnosed with Behçet's disease 4 years ago requiring chronic corticosteroid therapy.  Since beginning prednisone, 10–20 mg daily, she reported “severe mood swings” that worsened when the dose was increased. She had episodes of elevated or irritable mood, increased energy, decreased sleep (3 hours each night), racing thoughts, and pressured speech.  However, she also had periods of depressed mood, increased appetite and weight gain, poor concentration, loss of interest, and suicidal ideation.  The prednisone dose could not be reduced without a worsening of symptoms of Behçet's disease.  Psychiatric...

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clinical trials

Clinical Trials

http://clinicaltrials.gov Provides a search engine to find clinical trials in your area. ClinicalTrials.gov is a Web-based resource that provides patients, their family members, health care professionals, researchers, and the public with easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions.  The Web site is maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). ClinicalTrials.gov was created as a result of the Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997 (FDAMA).  FDAMA required the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through NIH, to establish a registry of clinical trials information for both federally and privately funded trials conducted under investigational new drug applications (IND) to test the...

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Serotonin Syndrome

Serotonin Syndrome

Serotonin Syndrome (also called Serotonin Toxicity, Serotonin Toxidrome, Serotonin Sickness, Serotonin Storm, Serotonin Poisoning, Hyperserotonemia, or Serotonergic Syndrome) is a potentially life threatening drug reaction that causes the body to have too much Serotonin. Most often occurs when two drugs that affect the body's level of Serotonin are taken together at the same time. The drugs cause too much Serotonin to be released or to remain in the brain area. Signs or symptoms: Agitation Diarrhea Heavy sweating not due to activity Fever Mental status changes such as confusion or hypomania Muscle spasms (myoclonus) Overactive reflexes (hyperreflexia) Shivering Tremor Uncoordinated movements (ataxia) The most important symptoms for diagnosing Serotonin Syndrome are tremor, akathisia (unpleasant sensations of inner restlessness that manifests itself with an inability to sit still or remain motionless), or clonus (series of involuntary, rhythmic, muscular contractions and relaxations). Serotonin Syndrome is not diagnosed until...

Serotonin Syndrome (also calle...

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Medication Chart

I created a number of charts to help record important information needed during the process of treating a mental illness.  Charts to easily record: Contact Information of Medical Providers An address book page to enter Doctor, Psychiatrist, Therapist, Crisis Hotline and others' information: Name Title Place Street Address City, State  Zip Phone Number (s) Fax Online Monthly Calendar for Appointment Setting A critical part of recovery is knowing when appointments are.  A one page calendar month to enter appointments, an ideal companion to the Contact Information page for canceling or rescheduling.  It is designed Monday - Sunday. Daily Tasks & Goals Each line ending with a check off box.  Print 7 of these to track a week's worth of activity.  This can help expose ways to change day-to-day functioning. Diagnoses A place...

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Psychoactive

Psychoactive

A psychoactive drug, psychopharmaceutical, or psychotropic is a chemical substance that crosses the blood–brain barrier and acts primarily upon the central nervous system where it affects brain function, resulting in changes in perception, mood, consciousness, cognition, and behavior.  These substances may be used recreationally, to purposefully alter one's consciousness, as entheogens, for ritual, spiritual, and/or shamanic purposes, as a tool for studying or augmenting the mind, or therapeutically as medication. Psychoactive drugs are divided into three groups according to their pharmacological effects: Stimulants ("uppers").  This category comprises substances that wake one up, stimulate the mind, and may even cause euphoria, but do not affect perception. Examples: coffee, tobacco, amphetamine, tea, cacao, guarana, maté, ephedra, khat, and coca. Depressants ("downers"), including sedatives, hypnotics, and narcotics.  This category includes all of the calmative, sleep-inducing, anxiety-reducing, anesthetizing substances, which sometimes induce perceptual changes, such as dream images, and also often evoke feelings of euphoria. Examples: opioids, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, and alcohol. Hallucinogens, including psychedelics, dissociatives and deliriants.  This category encompasses all those substances that produce distinct...

A psychoactive drug, psychop...

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