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oxazepam (Serax, Zaxopam)

oxazepam (Serax, Zaxopam)

What is oxazepam, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Oxazepam (Serax, Zaxopam) is a member of a class of anti-anxiety medications called benzodiazepines. Other members of the benzodiazepine class include alprazolam (Xanax), chlordiazepoxide (Librium), clobazam (Onfi), diazepam (Valium), estazolam (Prosom), flurazepam (Dalmane), midazolam (Versed), lorazepam (Ativan), temazepam (Restoril), and triazolam (Halcion). It helps […]

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Many Heroin Users Unprepared for Fentanyl OD

Many Heroin Users Unprepared for Fentanyl OD

Latest Mental Health News TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Though they know that nearly all heroin is laced with the dangerous synthetic opioid fentanyl, many Baltimore users aren’t prepared to prevent or treat fentanyl-related overdoses, a new study finds. Baltimore has a thriving heroin trade and 1,000 opioid overdose deaths a year. The […]

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ADHD Meds Safe With Epilepsy, Study Finds

ADHD Meds Safe With Epilepsy, Study Finds

Latest Mental Health News TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often occurs in people with epilepsy. Now, new research provides reassurance that taking ADHD medications won’t raise their risk of seizures. For the study, researchers analyzed data from thousands of epilepsy patients in Sweden. Taking ADHD medications such as Ritalin (methylphenidate), […]

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Why Watch Sports? Fans Get a Self-Esteem Boost, Study Finds

Why Watch Sports? Fans Get a Self-Esteem Boost, Study Finds

Latest Mental Health News TUESDAY, March 12, 2019 (HealthDay News) — When your favorite college team wins the big game, it can boost your self-esteem for days — especially if you watch the game with others, a new study suggests. Researchers assessed 174 students from Ohio State (OSU) and Michigan State (MSU) universities before and […]

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1 in 3 Young Adults Suffers From Loneliness in U.S.

1 in 3 Young Adults Suffers From Loneliness in U.S.

By Amy NortonHealthDay Reporter Latest Mental Health News MONDAY, March 11, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For young adults, drugs and distracted driving are well-recognized health threats. Far less attention is paid to loneliness. But loneliness is common — and it is a particular problem for people aged 18 to 24, a new study suggests. “We […]

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methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Methylin, Daytrana)

methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Methylin, Daytrana)

What is methylphenidate, and how does it work (mechanism of action)? Methylphenidate is a medication that stimulates the central nervous system (CNS or brain) in a manner that is similar to the amphetamines; however, its actions are milder than those of the amphetamines. An additional difference is that methylphenidate produces more noticeable effects on mental […]

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ADD or ADHD Medications

ADD or ADHD Medications

Medically reviewed by John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP; Board Certified Emergency Medicine REFERENCES: Bussing, R., D.M. Mason, L. Bell, P. Porter, and C. Garvan. “Adolescent outcomes of childhood attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in a diverse community sample.” Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 49.6 June 2010: 595-605. De Sousa, A., and G. Kalra. […]

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How does Zoloft affect bipolar disorder?

How does Zoloft affect bipolar disorder?

Zoloft is a type of medication that doctors call a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor, or SSRI. They may recommend it for mental health conditions, including certain types of bipolar disorder. There are some side effects to consider before using this drug, however, and some may be cause for concern. Anyone who is uncertain about their […]