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What is psychotropic drugs?


Everyone knows what medicines are for - to make you feel better when you are sick. But many people don't realize that all medicines have risks as well as benefits. The risks of medicines include unwanted side effects or interactions with food or other medicines you may be taking. Some risks are not very serious, like an upset stomach. Others, like liver damage, are more serious. When a medicine's benefits outweigh its known risks, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration considers it safe enough to approve. Both prescription and over-the-counter medicines must be approved before they can be sold in the U.S.

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Drug Allergy

Allergic reaction is an uncommon and unwanted side effect of medication.

NAMI | Commonly Prescribed Psychotropic Medications

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a nonprofit, grassroots, self-help, support and advocacy organization of consumers, families, and friends of ...

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Psychotropic drug definition - Medical Dictionary definitions of ...

Mar 11, 2011 ... Psychotropic drug: Any drug capable of affecting the mind, emotions, and behavior. Some legal drugs such as lithium for depression are ...

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WHO | Psychotropic drugs

MeSH scope note: A loosely defined grouping of drugs that have effects on psychological function. Here the psychotropic agents include the antidepressive ...

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NIMH · Mental Health Medications

Jain AE, Lacy T. Psychotropic drugs in pregnancy and lactation. Journal of Psychiatric Practice. 2005 May; 11(3): 177-191. 24. Ward RK, Zamorski MA. ...

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U.S. Kids Take More Psychotropic Drugs Than Europeans - US News ...

Sep 25, 2008 ... By Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, Sept. 24 (HealthDay News) -- American children are three times more likely to be prescribed ...

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BioMed Central | Full text | Psychotropic drugs up-regulate the ...

by AO Vik-Mo - 2009 - Cited by 5 - Related articles

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Psychotropic Particulars: Psychologists and psychotropic medication

This new Monitor series offers readers news and information about psychotropic medications their clients may take.

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Pregnancy and Psychotropic Medications | Psych Central

May 28, 2010 ... Pregnancy can be a challenging time for women with long-term mental disorders. While mental illness is common among women of childbearing ...

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Psychotropic Medications Linked to Increased Rates of Obesity

by C Frincu-Mallos

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Drug Abuse
Drug abusers use substances to modify their mood or state of mind, even when doing so causes difficulties at work, school, or with relationships, health, or the law. Substance abuse contributes to many social ills, including crime, accidents, and family violence. For example, substance abuse causes impaired judgment, which may lead to the spread of HIV through needle-sharing and trading sex for drugs. Drug-related problems cost an estimated $160 billion or more annually.

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Drug testing
To detect, quantify, and occasionally monitor drugs that are causing acute overdose symptoms, results from emergency and overdose testing are used primarily for treatment purposes. If results are needed for legal proceedings, then specific legal (forensic) procedures must be followed for sample collection, storage, and testing.

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Drug Safety
In the U.S., the government's Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must approve any drug - whether it's prescription or over-the-counter - before it can be sold. The FDA evaluates the safety of a drug by looking at side effects, how it's manufactured, results of animal testing and clinical trials, and more. The FDA also monitors a drug's safety after approval. To make sure you use drugs safely

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Drug misuse
In England, the Misuse of Drugs Act is the main law that covers illegal drugs.

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Drug Allergy
A drug allergy occurs when your immune system reacts to a medication. A number of drugs can cause a drug allergy, including prescription and over-the-counter medications. The most common signs of a drug allergy are hives, rash or fever. You can have an allergic reaction to a drug even if it caused no reaction in the past.

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Drugs of Abuse Testing
To screen for drug use, to monitor someone with a substance abuse problem, or to detect and evaluate a drug overdose

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Drug addiction
Drug addiction is a dependence on a street drug or a medication. When you're addicted, you may not be able to control your drug use and you may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes. Drug addiction can cause an intense craving for the drug. You may want to quit, but most people find they can't do it on their own.

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Drug Overdose
Overdoses of drugs or chemicals can be either accidental or intentional. Drug overdoses occur when a person takes more than the medically recommended dose. However, some people may be more sensitive to certain medications so that the high end of the therapeutic range of a drug may be toxic for them. Illicit drugs, used to get high, may be taken in overdose amounts when a person's metabolism cannot detoxify the drug fast enough to avoid unintended side effects.

Drug dependence
Drug addiction, or dependence, is the compulsive use of a substance, despite its negative or dangerous effects. However, a physical dependence on a substance (needing the drug to function) is not always part of the definition of addiction. Some drugs (for example, certain blood pressure medications) do not cause addiction but they can cause physical dependence. Other drugs cause addiction without leading to physical dependence. Cocaine is an example. Tolerance to a drug (needing a higher dose to attain the same effect) is usually part of addiction. See also: Drug abuse Drug abuse first aid Cocaine intoxication Cocaine withdrawal Opioid intoxication Opioid withdrawal

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Drug allergies
Drug allergies are a group of symptoms caused by allergic reaction to a drug (medication).

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Psychoactive drug - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
A psychoactive drug, psychopharmaceutical, or psychotropic is a chemical substance that crosses the blood–brain barrier and acts primarily upon the central ...

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