Handbooks

Anti-depressants

A brief guide on Anti-Depressants 

Anti-depressants are used to stabilize and reduce depressive symptoms. But one antidepressant may not work for everyone; one size does not fit all. Improvement in mood and stabilization of depressive symptoms may only be seen after 2 weeks. Patience and treatment adherence are key elements for stabilizing symptoms. There are several groups of antidepressant, categorized by their chemical similarities.

Although side effects may appear frightening, medication is well tolerated by most patients. Not all patients will experience these side effects when they take the medication. 

Selective Serotonin Reuptakes Inhibitors (SSRIs)    Tricyclic Anti-Depressants      Other Anti-Depressants

 

Hypnotics

A brief guide on Hypnotics

Hypnotic medications are used for insomnia treatment. Normally, the medication is prescribed for 2-4 weeks to help re-establish normal sleeping patterns. Practicing proper sleep hygiene techniques should be the focus of treating insomnia instead. There are generally two categories of hypnotics, namely, benzodiazepines and non-benzodiazepines. Despite the different categories, the effects of the medication is generally similar.

Hypnotics

 

 

anti-parkinsonian

A brief guide on Anti-Parkinsonian

Anti-Parkinsonian drugs are used to relieve symptoms of parkinsonism (such as trembling, stiffness of limbs, slowness of movement, and poor motor coordinations

 

Anti-Parkinsonian

 

 

Anxiolytics

A brief guide on Anxiolytics             

Anxiolytic medications are used for treating symptoms of anxiety, and sometimes treating insomnia. The main category of Anxiolytics is benzodiazepines. These drugs are effective and safe when consumed as prescribed. 

 

Anxiolytics

 

 

Mood Stabilizers

A brief guide on Mood Stabilizers

Mood stabilizers are effective for treating and stabilizing mood episodes associated with bipolar, schizoaffective disorder, mainly targeting at manic and depression episodes. When taken consistently, this group of drugs also acts as maintenance therapy to prevent future mood episodes.

 

Mood Stabilizers

 

Anti-psychotics

A brief guide on Anti-Psychotics

Antipsychotics are used primarily to treat patients with psychoses. Psychotic symptoms involve agitation, delusions, and hallucinations. The treatment is available in many forms, namely, tablets, syrups, and injectable formulation.

Antipsychotics can be divided into two categories (typical and atypical). The main differences between these two categories are in the side effect profiles. 

Typical Anti-Psychotics    Atypical Anti-Psychotics