You can wear a patch to quit smoking, a patch to fend of
pregnancy, and pretty soon, youll be able to wear a patch to
Emsam, an experimental skin patch received U.S. regulatory
approval for treating major depression in adults, Somerset
Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Bristol-Myers Squibb announced on
The patch transmits monoamine oxidase inhibitors, a type of
antidepressant, through the skin. These types of drugs have been
approved by the FDA and carry warnings about risks of high blood
pressure if patients consume certain meats, dairy products and
foods containing tyramine. The FDA approved the lowest-dose Ensam
patch without these diet restrictions.
In 2004, the FDA granted conditional approval for the patch but
asked for more data. Additional studies have since been
When we moved from Connecticut to California over a year ago, I had to end therapy with the therapist I had there. (I really liked her, but figured 3,000 miles was too far to go for an appointment.) I still had some issues to be worked out, so a few weeks ago I faced the fact that I needed to find a therapist in the area. I started, as I usually do, by asking my psychiatrist if he could recommend a good therapist, but he surprised me by telling me that he didn't know anyone he could recommend, although he offered to look over the list of therapists that were available under my health insurance. I was stumped. I've never had to start from ground zero, so to speak. I always got a recommendation from my psychiatrist that turned out well, fortunately. I finally turned to a resource that, unfortunately, most people don't have access to. There is a community bulletin board in the area started by University of California, Berkeley employees called Berkel...
Bipolar disorder treatment includes medication and non-drug therapy. The good news is that most patients respond to treatment and are able to control their illness. Psychotherapy helps patients cope with the cyclical nature of the disease and can lead to better compliance with bipolar disorder medication. In addition to psychotherapy, some doctors prescribe bright-light therapy as a bipolar disorder treatment. In a recent study, this treatment was found to help with bouts of winter depression experienced by many bipolar disorder patients. Bipolar disorder patients experience seasonal affective disorder-an illness that causes depression during winter months. Bipolar disorder medications are used two ways. The first way is to control symptoms that are out-of-control and need immediate attention. These medications are known as acute phase medications. They are used to treat severe depression or suicidal behavior during depressive episodes and they help control dangerous, psychotic be...
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