Two recent shareposts, “The Depression-Mania Two Step” ( Part I and Part II ), zeroed in on a crucial fact that tends to be overlooked by clinicians, namely: Despite the fact that depression and mania present as polar opposites, the two can hardly be viewed as unrelated. For our own health and safety, they need to be seen together as part of the same cycling phenomenon. Today’s depression is tomorrow’s mania, but there is another twist: Too often, depression fails to clear the room. Too often, mania doesn’t wait to be invited in. The two show up at once. The dance is over. A free-for-all breaks out. The experts refer to the condition as a “mixed” episode or state. Sweet mania turns sour. Vegetative depression becomes animated. Those who have been through either describe the experience as akin to wanting to crawl out of your skin, of feeling the urge to grab the world by the throat and wring it. I used to joke: “I get road rage a lot - ...
Generic Name: CALCIUM SUPPLEMENTS - ORAL Calci-Mix Oral Uses
This medication is used to prevent or treat low blood
calcium levels in people who do not get enough calcium from their diets. It may
be used to treat conditions caused by low calcium levels such as bone loss
(osteoporosis), weak bones (osteomalacia/rickets), decreased activity of the
parathyroid gland (hypoparathyroidism), and a certain muscle disease (latent
tetany). It may also be used in certain patients to make sure they are getting
enough calcium (e.g., women who are pregnant, nursing, or postmenopausal,
people taking certain medications such as phenytoin, phenobarbital, or
Calcium plays a very important role in the body. It is
necessary for normal functioning of nerves, cells, muscle, and bone. If there
is not enough calcium in the blood, then the body will take calcium from bones,
thereby weakening bones. Having the right amount of calcium is important ...
I have always had a love-hate relationship with prednisone.
I don’t like to be on it. I was miserable when I was on it all the time, but not being on it, my pain significantly increased.
I was really stubborn, though, and when I was on prednisone on an “as needed” basis, I probably only took it once a month.
The last time I was at my rheumatologist’s, he suggested going back on steroids full time, but rather than putting me back on prednisone, he suggested that I try methylprednisolone.
He told me that while prednisone is the go-to, default steroid in the United States, methylprednisolone is the default in Europe.
You might think a steroid is a steroid , because that is sort of what I thought, too, but my experience suggests otherwise.
A cursory search of PubMed, using the search term “prednisone” reveals 43,591 results and using the search term “methylprednisolone” reveals...
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