Introduction to Pharmacology . October 3, 2006. Schedule of Drugs. Developed in 1970 by the DEA to aid in the regulation of controlled substances. Drugs are placed on 1 of 5 “schedules” in accordance with 1) accepted medical use and 2) abuse / addiction potential.
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October 3, 2006
4 Main Classes
***Monoamines are implicated in mood disorders, psychosis and anxiety. These neurotransmitters are found in the limbic system, a part of the brain associated with the the regulation of sleep, appetite, and emotional responses.
Tricyclics - effect norepinephrine - include Elavil, Emitrip, Pertofrane, and Janimine
MAO inhibitors - effect norepinephrine - include Marplan, Nardil, Parnate
2nd Generation of medications (including SSRIs) - effect seretonin - include Wellbutrin, Prozac (SSRI), Zoloft (SSRI), and Paxil (SSRI)
Tricyclics can cause dry mouth, excessive sweat, blurred vision, sexual dysfunction.
psychosis – altered mental state
(auditory and visual hallucinations)
delusions – believing something about
yourself that is not true (ability to fly)
Bipolar can easily be misdiagnosed as schizophrenia and depression because of the similar symptoms one can have.
Remember a person with bipolar disorder is unlikely to seek treatment while in the manic phase unless Baker Acted (committed).
A typical cycle for Bipolar ranges from several weeks to a several months. No one is depressed, then manic in one or two days.
Do not tell an employer or anyone else at the client’s job the person’s diagnosis. When you talk to an employer you can tell him or her that your client has certain limitations. Empower the client to make his or her own choices about whom he or she discloses information to.
Be careful how you reinforce medication compliance. Be sure to reinforce the fact that the person has taken the responsibility to take his or her meds.