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Part 2 of 4 discussing treatments available for Schizophrenia

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Medication used for schizophrenia Part 2   Choice of Drug   There are some differences between the various antipsychotic drugs. No one drug can be considered significantly better than the others, however one may be better for one individual than another. For example, some are more sedating than others so may be suitable for patients who are agitated or cannot sleep. If one does not work so well, a different one is tried until a good response occurs. A good response to antipsychotic medication occurs in about 70% of cases. Symptoms such as agitation and hallucinations generally ease within a...

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1st of a 4pt series on Medications used for treating / managing Schizophrenia

Posted by Eamonn Brady on

Medication used for schizophrenia Part 1   In many cases, people living schizophrenia do not realise they have a mental illness. They may not think they need help because they believe their delusions or hallucinations are real. Therefore, it is often up to family and friends to seek treatment. Occasionally people with schizophrenia pose an immediate risk to themselves or others during an acute episode and may need rapid tranquillisation. Tranquillisation with benzodiazepines should only be a temporary measure.   The causes of schizophrenia are still unknown; therefore, treatment focuses on eliminating the symptoms of the disease. Antipsychotics are mainly...

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In this concluding part of our series on Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) we discuss treatment and sources of help

Posted by Eamonn Brady on

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Part 3 Treatment Treatment of RSI includes resting the affected area and the use of painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication. Heat and cold packs can help. Icing the affected area when pain and stiffness is severe can be very helpful as it will reduce inflammation in the area. Most pharmacies stock reusable ice packs. Elastic wrist supports or firm wrist splints can also help. Where can you get help? Pharmacist If you have followed the advice above and you are still suffering from aches and pains, you have a number of different options in relation to health...

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In our 2nd article looking at Repetitive Strain Injury we look at symptoms and tips to help /alleviate or prevent onset

Posted by Eamonn Brady on

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Part 2 Symptoms Symptoms of RSI can take months or even years to appear. Initially, only a slight ache may be felt. As the problem gets worse, there is more marked pain while performing the repeated activity (e.g.) when typing. Eventually, the pain may be felt most of the time, even with only slight movements. As well as the pain, numbness and tingling may make it difficult to hold objects. The most common RSI signs and symptoms include: Tenderness in the affected muscle or joint Pain in the affected muscle or joint A throbbing (pulsating) sensation...

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1st of 3 parts examining Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) - this week - Definition and causes

Posted by Eamonn Brady on

Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) Part 1   Repetitive strain injury (RSI) is an injury caused by repetitive use of muscles. It usually occurs in the back, shoulders, arms, wrists, and hands. Contrary to popular belief, you do not have to be undertaking heavy manual work such as drilling or shovelling to develop RSI. Most RSIs are caused by seemingly safe jobs such as writing, using a computer or packing boxes. The most important factor is that the activity is continuous, usually for a long period of time. RSI is a musculo-skeletal disorder RSI is a musculoskeletal disorder which is a...

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