FERC MEDICATION DISCLAIMER
FERC does not provide medical advice or recommend any particular drug, herb, or supplement. Resources listed below are for educational purposes only and are intended to provide basic information about medications. However, this is not a complete source for all medications that are available and should not be used as a guide for making medical decisions.
- If someone close to you is prescribed medication, make sure your support them to:
- Tell the doctor about all medications and vitamin supplements they are already taking.
- Remind their doctor of any allergies or other past problems with medicines.
- Learn about side effects and report this and lack of response to their doctor
- Understand how to take the medicine before they start using
- Recognize that it might take to time to find the right medication and the right dose
- Be mindful of refill information and develop a plan if medication get lost or runs out
- Not take medicines prescribed for another person or give their medication to someone else
- Call their doctor right away if they have problems with the medicine or it is doing more harm than good.
- Report serious side effects to their doctor and the FDA MedWatch Adverse Event
Program online at www.fda.gov/safety/medwatch or call 1-800-332-1088.
For some, medication can play a large role in treating and supporting their mental health care. Sometimes treatment might also include therapy in addition to medication. Choosing the right treatment plan should be based on a person’s individual needs, medical situation, and under a mental health professional’s care. Information about medication changes frequently, and some groups like children and adolescents, older adults, and women who are pregnant or may become pregnant have special needs to be considered. Check out the FDA website for latest warnings, guidelines, or approved medications and consult a mental health professional.
|Brand Name||Generic Name||Generally Used For||Side Effects|
|Abilify||aripiprazole||Depression, bi-polar & schizophrenia||Headache, anxiety, insomnia, nausea & constipation|
|Adderall||amphetamine||Attention Deficit Disorder (ADHD)||Insomnia, headache, dizziness nausea & stomach cramps, can be habit-forming|
|Ativan||lorazepam||Anxiety disorders||Insomnia, drowsiness, blurred vision, nausea & skin rash, if used with certain medications can cause serious or life-threatening breathing problems, sedation or coma|
|Buspar||buspirone||Anxiety disorders GAD||drowsiness, fatigue, dry mouth, an increase in dreams, rare – allergic reaction|
|Celexa||citalopram||Depression, eating disorders, alcoholism, panic disorders, social phobia, and premenstrual dysphoric disorder||Nausea, diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, stomach pain, heartburn, decreased appetite, weight loss, drowsiness, dry mouth, change in sex drive or ability, heavy menstrual periods, suicidal thoughts for children and young adults up to 24|
|Clozaril||clozapine||Schizophrenia||Weight gain, constipation, drooling, muscle stiffness & sedation|
|Cymbaltac||duloxetine||Depression||Blurred vision, appetite change headache, nausea & change in sex drive|
|Depakote||divalproex||Bi-polar disorder||Diarrhea, constipation, weight loss or gain, bladder control, headache & hair loss or gain|
|Effexor||venlafaxine||Depression, anxiety & panic disorder||Sweating, constipation, loss of appetite, nausea & weight loss|
|Geodon||ziprasidone||Schizophrenia & bi-polar disorder||Constipation, drowsiness, headache, vomiting & upset stomach|
|Haldol||haloperidol||Schizophrenia||Dry mouth, constipation, weight gain, & changes in menstrual cycle, increase in death during treatment for older adults with dementia|
|Klonipin||clonazepam||Panic disorder||Headache, dizziness, constipation or diarrhea, insomnia, & increased saliva in mouth, if used with certain medications can cause serious or life-threatening breathing problems, sedation or coma|
|Lamictal||lamotrigine||Bi-polar disorder||Insomnia, headache, tremors, vomiting & constipation or diarrhea, serious rashes|
|Lexapro||escitalopram||Depression, GAD||Nausea, diarrhea, constipation, changes in sex drive, drowsiness, increased sweating, dizziness, dry mouth, increase appetite, flu-like symptoms, suicidal thoughts for children and young adults up to 24|
|Lithane||lithium carbonate||Bi-polar disorder||Thirst, increased urination, muscle twitches & skin rash|
|Paxil||paroxetine||OCD, panic attacks & (PTSD)||Change in appetite and weight, head-ache, sweating, tremors, muscle pain, constipation or diarrhea & drowsiness, suicidal thoughts for children and young adults up to 24|
|Prozac||fluoxetine||Depression, OCD & panic attacks||Dry mouth, blurred vision, change in sex drive, flushing, headache, sweating, nausea & increased or decreased appetite, suicidal thoughts for children and young adults up to 24|
|Risperdal||risperidone||Bi-polar & some symptoms of autism||Decreased sexual ability, constipation, insomnia, weight gain, vomiting, increase or decrease in saliva & drowsiness or dizziness|
|Ritalin||methylphenidate||(ADHD)||Nervousness, insomnia, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, fatigue, dry mouth, stomach pain, diarrhea, and can be habit-forming|
|Seroquel||quetiapine||Schizophrenia & bi-polar disorder||Change in sex drive or performance, upset stomach, weight gain, constipation, dizziness or drowsiness, & dry mouth|
|Thorazine||chlorpromazine||Schizophrenia & bi-polar disorder||Dizziness, unusual or slowed movements of any part of body, agitation, insomnia, weight gain, change in sex drive, dry mouth, increase in death during treatment for older adults with dementia|
|Wellbutrin||bupropion||Depression||Constipation, change in sex drive, headache, loss of appetite, tremors, weight loss & nausea|
|Xanax||alprazolam||Anxiety and panic disorders||Changes in sex drive & changes in appetite, if used with certain medications can cause serious or life-threatening breathing problems, sedation or coma|
|Zoloft||sertraline||Depression||Change in sex drive, sweating, nausea, tremors, diarrhea & change in appetite, suicidal thoughts for children and young adults up to 24|
|Zyprexa||olanzapine||Schizophrenia & bi-polar disorder||Drowsiness, weight gain, constipation, lower blood pressure & change in sexual desire|