• Medication,  Suicide

    Study links anti-smoking drugs Chantix and Wellbutrin to Suicide Risk

    Study from FDA: Chantix, Zyban must carry depression warning FDA to require smoking cessation drugs to warn of mental health risks The Associated Press updated 7:25 p.m. ET, Wed., July 1, 2009 NEW YORK – The Food and Drug Administration will require two smoking-cessation drugs, Chantix and Zyban, to carry the agency’s strongest safety warning over side effects including depression and suicidal thoughts. This is one of the reasons why in the states where marijuana is legal, medical professional and drug rehab Hope Canyon Recovery centres feel its better for the people suffering from depressions must use CBD infused products like Terpenes, Gummies and also CBD vape pen which you…

  • Medication,  Odds and Ends

    Benzos, from ABC News

    A story about stopping benzos from ABC News: Tranquilizer Detox Withdrawal Can Last Years FDA, Patients Say Quitting ‘Benzos’ Abruptly Can Lead to Horrific Side Effects By LAUREN COX ABC News Medical Unit Dec. 1, 2008— Americans take a lot of “benzos,” even if they don’t know exactly what “benzos” are. In 2007, U.S. doctors wrote more than 82 million prescriptions for a type of tranquilizer called benzodiazepines, often called “benzos,” which includes Valium, Ativan, Xanax and Klonopin. The positive effects of benzos are widely discussed in blogs, and in the media. But the much appreciated “mother’s little helper” drugs can have dangerous side effects that last for years. Some…

  • Biology,  Borderline Personality Disorder,  Medication

    Amitriptyline and BPD

    For some reason, I get a lot of searches on this blog about  Amitriptyline and BPD. I posted a note on Amitriptyline and Xanax and their interaction with BPD. I still get a lot of hits on that brief snippet, even though I wrote it back in 2006. I also spelled Amitriptyline with two “l’s” as amitryptilline (Elavil). I’m not sure which is the correct spelling, but I’ll put them both here so people searching can get hits on this post. Here’s some information on  Amitriptyline studies: Amitriptyline (Antidepressant Tricyclic) Soloff PH, George A, Nathan RS, Schulz PM, Perel JM. 1987 Psychopharmacol Bull.23 – Behavioral dyscontrol in borderline patients treated…

  • Biology,  Borderline Personality Disorder,  Medication

    Sleep and BPD

    One of the physical aspects of BPD is problems with sleep. People with BPD are likely to have trouble going to sleep and trouble getting up in the morning. One of the reasons is the “ruminating” aspect of BPD. Another seems to be that their brain chemistry is configured in such a way to utilize serotonin ineffectively. Many people with BPD will require sleep medications and sometimes will take these medications in large doses. Some people find that these comfortable ear plugs for sleeping, really help them sleep at night. This inability to sleep and awake punctually can also contribute to a visit to the disciplinary board or getting fired…

  • Borderline Personality Disorder,  Medication

    Benzos and BPD

    From the biological unhappiness site: No medication should be given without proper medical supervision. This is particularly true for the drugs used to treat the borderline disorder. Some medicines make the symptoms of borderline worse, especially amitryptilline (Elavil) and alprazolam (Xanax). Possibly a third of borderlines may suffer from low thyroid (hypothyroidism) – despite a normal ‘TSH’ blood test. They may need to take thyroid medication. My BP does take xanax and it makes everything MUCH worse. Also, she has thyroid issues which seemed co-incident with her first really BP-like behavior. Still, it is difficult to separate the meds, hormones and behaviorial aspects. Benzos and BPD No related posts.

  • Medication,  Substance Abuse

    Follow up on Substance Abuse

    From a very good article describing co-existing issues with BPD: Millon (1996, p. 200) notes that individuals with BPD are characterized by drug-seeking behavior. Individuals with BPD will be particularly vulnerable to the escape offered by drugs and alcohol. Real world interaction triggers multiple interpersonal crises and overwhelming negative affect. Drugs can, ostensibly, offer relief from BPD turmoil and emptiness. And for me, this one struck home: Individuals with BPD often use alcohol and other drugs in a chaotic and unpredictable pattern; they may engage in a polydrug pattern involving alcohol and other sedative-hypnotics for self-medication. Clients with BPD often abuse benzodiazepines that have been prescribed for anxiety — which…