Alprazolam

The following terms have been used as ‘street names’ or slang names for various forms ofalprazolam: Benzo; Coffins; Dogbones; Fo’ Bars; Fo’s; Footballs; Forgetful Pills; Four Bars; French Fries; Gold Bars; Green Bars; Quad bar; School Buses; Sticks; Totem Poles; White Bars; X-Boxes; Xan-Bars; Xannies; Xanny; Zanny; Z-Bars; Zan-Bars; Zannies; Zan-ny-Bars. Practically insoluble in water sparingly soluble in alcohol and in acetone freely soluble in dichloromethane. A white to off-white crystalline powder.

Aripiprazole

Although aripiprazole may share some of the adverse effects seen with the classical antipsychotics (see Chlorpromazine), the incidence and severity of such effects may vary. Common adverse effects with aripiprazole include gastrointestinal disorders such as constipation, dyspepsia, nausea, and vomiting, headache, anxiety, insomnia, lightheadedness, and drowsiness. Weight gain has been reported however, this appears to be slight.

Pregnancy and Depakote

What are the risks of birth defects for a pregnancy that began shortly after (as little as one week, at most four weeks) the mother quit taking Depakote? The risk of birth defects from psychotropics such as valproate (Depakote) is greatest when exposure of the fetus occurs between 10 days and 2 months after fertilization. For the first two weeks or so following fertilization, there is very little risk to the developing embryo, because the placenta has not yet formed.

Amobarbital

The following terms have been used as ‘street names’ or slang names for various forms of amobarbital: Amys; Birds; Blue; Blue angels; Blue birds; Blue bullets; Blue clouds; Blue devils; Blue dolls; Blue heaven; Blue heavens; Blues. Very slightly soluble in water freely soluble in alcohol soluble in dichloromethane. Forms water-soluble compounds with alkali hydroxides and carbonates and with ammonia.

Clozapine: Precautions. Interactions

Clozapine should not be given to patients with uncontrolled epilepsy, alcoholic or toxic psychoses, drug intoxication, or a history of circulatory collapse. It should be used with caution in patients with a history of seizures or with conditions that lower the seizure threshold. It is contra-indicated in patients with bone-marrow suppression, myeloproliferative disorders, or any abnormalities of white blood cell count or differential blood count.

Depakote’s Interactions

I am currently on six pills of Depakote a day. I am interested in Depakote’s interaction with other substances such as birth control pills and cigarettes. I am not aware of specific effects on valproate (Depakote) levels due to either smoking or oral contraceptives; however, smoking is known to increase metabolism/elimination of many other psychotropic medications, leading to lower-than-expected levels.

Response to Medications and Neurochemistry

Has there been any research done on individual responses to psychotropics as a predictor of their underlying neurochemistry? For example, when an individual is given Prozac and experiences extreme fatigue, can we use this information in a clinically relevant way? I’d appreciate your comments on this issue as well. I am not aware of any published research on this intriguing question, as you have phrased it, but perhaps I can point you in a useful direction.