The People's Perspective on Medicine
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Bipolar Disease

Vraylar (Cariprazine) Side Effects, Interactions and Long-Term Complications

If you watch TV you can't avoid prescription drug ads. Have you seen the one for Vraylar to treat bipolar disorder? It seems fantastic, but you will want to discover the pros and cons here.

Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH, expert on lithium
Podcasts

Show 1118: What You Should Know About Lithium

In this episode for broadcast on April 21, 2018, learn how low-dose lithium may help treat mental illness, and how bipolar disorder can disrupt everyday life. How does lithium help?

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Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD)

Can Lithium in Water Supply Prevent Dementia?

Are you drinking lithium in water? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? New research suggests that when lithium levels in water are high, dementia is lower.

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Bipolar Disease

Rediscovering Lithium for Mood Disorders

Lithium is a mainstay for treating bipolar disorder. Side effects are scary, but could low-dose supplements be safer and more effective for mood disorders?

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Bipolar Disease

Abilify Side effects: How Dangerous Are Antipsychotic Drugs?

TV ads make it seem as if drugs like Abilify can solve problems of depression. Do people understand the devastating and sometimes permanent side effects?

Bipolar Disease

Antipsychotic Medicines Overused

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