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Clinician’s Corner: Bipolar Treatment

We dispense a fair amount do this well-known seizure medications, divalproex, carbamazepine and lamotrigine.  However, most of the prescriptions filled are prescribed by psychiatrists rather than neurologists.  These three drugs are most commonly used as “mood stabilizers” in the treatment of bipolar disorder. Valproic acid and Valproate: Divalproex extended...

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Clinician’s Corner: Bipolar Disorder

Bipolar disorder: People who live with bipolar disorder experience periods of great excitement, overactivity, delusions, and euphoria (mania) and other periods of feeling sad and hopeless (depression). Mood stabilizers (lithium, valproate,carbamazepine, lamotrigine) are the cornerstone of the drug therapy of bipolar disorder. Antipsychotics, alone or in combination with mood...

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Clinician’s Corner: Mental health services

Mental health services are challenging to get for our patients.  Most psychiatrists are booked in advance, and mid-level practitioners such as CRNP’s and PA-C’s are carrying the burden.  Even with their help mental health services are difficult to get for our patients.  More and more mental health care is...

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Clinician’s Corner: Aspirin

Aspirin has been around 120 years now, and we still are getting clarification on its appropriate use. Aspirin Dosage: for relief of mild to moderate pain is 325-1000mg every 4-6 hours., with a maximum dose = 4000 mg/day. Up to 3-4 g per day has been used for the...

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Clinician’s Corner: NSAIDS

We hear the term NSAIDS a lot in the pharmacy and in our doctor’s offices.  Just exactly what are they? Basically, they are drugs that block inflammation, like prednisone does but they are NOT steroids, like prednisone.  The name NSAID gives that away. MOST NSAIDS inhibit COX-1 and COX-2...

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