psychoactive drug

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psychoactive drug

Substance abuse An agent that provides pleasure or ameliorates pain, and may cause physical dependence and tolerance, with a tendency to ↑ dose in order to achieve the same effect; use of non-prescribed psychoactive agents may be 'social' or casual, or evolve into frank addiction; in descending order of addictive potential cocaine/'crack', amphetamines, opiates, nicotine, alcohol, benzodiazepine, barbiturates, cannabis, hallucinogens, caffeine Therapeutics An agent that improves the ability to function appropriately in clinical settings–eg, psych ward, nursing home Types Antidepressants–eg, desipramine, nortryptyline, antipsychotics–eg, haloperidol, thioridazine, benzodiazepines–eg, lorazepam, diazepam, and other hypnotics–eg, diphenhydramine

psy·cho·ac·tive drug

(sīkō-aktiv drŭg)
Pharmacotherapeutic agent that possesses action to alter mood, behavior, cognitive processes, or mental stress.
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The use of any psychoactive medication is found to decline after public reporting by 2.
However, parents need complete information when psychoactive medication is recommended for their child.
The ICD-9-CM codes referring to the following categories were classified as psychoactive medication poisonings: analgesics, antipyretics and antirheumatics; anticonvulsants and anti-parkinsonism drugs; barbiturates and other sedatives; central nervous system (CNS) depressants and anesthetics; and tranquilizers, antidepressants, and antipsychotics.
Burt of the University of California, Los Angeles Medical School and her colleagues analyzed 95 individual and multiple case reports covering 32 psychoactive medications used by nursing mothers.
Clinically, a variety of psychoactive medications are used off-label to attempt to manage these symptoms, but none have proven efficacy.
There was no significant change over time in the use of DMARDs, psychoactive medications, muscle relaxants, or corticosteroids (see chart above).
4%) are lower than the rates for similar psychoactive medications (Wellbutrin, Paxil, Cymbalta, Zoloft, Prozac, Celexa).
How the optimization of hormones can eliminate the need for many psychoactive medications
As part of the "treatment," Huntoon charges, physicians frequently are coerced to take psychoactive medications under threat of loss of their livelihood.
DSM-5 has also gotten hammered--especially by psychiatrist Allen Frances, chair of the task force that produced the previous DSM--for allegedly turning some common forms of distress into medical conditions, encouraging physicians to prescribe unneeded psychoactive medications.
Mild TBI is presently treated with psychoactive medications, counseling, and adaptive strategies; but no effective treatment is available for veterans with postconcussion syndrome and PTSD.
Crucial to any effective prescribing practice policy for opioids and other psychoactive medications that may produce dependence is better training for primary care physicians in understanding addiction.

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