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Tips on Choosing an Antipsychotic for Schizophrenia

By: zdavis | August 26th , 2020 | The Carlat Psychiatry Blog| 0 Comment

Which antipsychotics should we consider selecting as the first-line and second-line treatments, and what should we base this decision on? Dr. Aziz addresses this in a past article from The Carlat Psychiatry Report. Here’s some of his advice: Process: Tolerability instead of efficacy should be considered when selecting a first-line treatment.

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How To Prevent a Lethal Clozapine Side Effect

By: zdavis | August 16th , 2020 | The Carlat Psychiatry Blog| 0 Comment

Gastric hypomotility is a common clozapine side effect that can develop into the potentially lethal condition of paralytic ileus. Dr. Aiken’s covered these risks in The Carlat Psychiatry Report. Here’s what you need to know. Dangers of Paralytic Ileus: Hypomotility is very common. Clozapine is the worst offender out of any other antipsychoti

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How to Safely Prescribe Z-Drugs

By: zdavis | August 13th , 2020 | The Carlat Psychiatry Blog| 0 Comment

There’s good reason to be careful prescribing Z-drugs. Here’s an overview of Dr. Reban Aziz’s recent article in The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report. Safety Tips Go short-term or intermittent to reduce the potential for adverse events and withdrawal. Avoid for SUD or complex sleep disorders.  Use as last resort after considering ot

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Pros and Cons of Using TMS for Kids

By: zdavis | August 13th , 2020 | The Carlat Psychiatry Blog| 0 Comment

There’s been some promising research for Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS), but can it be used for treatment-resistant depression in children and adolescents? Here’s a summary of the pros and cons presented in this 2019 article in The Carlat Child Psychiatry Report.   Pros: It seems to work. An open-label trial of TMS for adolesc

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Weight Gain on Psych Meds

By: jives | August 19th , 2019 | Podcast| 0 Comment

Metformin is the top antidote for antipsychotic weight gain, but is it good for patient's health or just their looks? We explore how to use it, delve into its fabled anti-aging effects, and end with a new discovery that may help people lose weight while they sleep. Publication Date: 8/12/19 Runtime: 19 minutes, 51 seconds Article Reference

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Ginger Ale and Normal Hallucinations

By: jives | June 10th , 2019 | Podcast| 0 Comment

Does ginger ale really help nausea? Are hallucinations ever normal? Some of the answers may surprise as we bring you highlights from the June/July double issue of the Carlat Report. Included are practical tips on how to assess spectrum symptoms of mental illnesses, how to intervene in patients at risk for schizophrenia, and dosage and product recomm

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