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Mood Stabilizers

Mood stabilizers are drugs used to treat people with severe mood swings, which is commonly seen in bipolar disorder and schizoaffective disorder. Drugs commonly used are Lithium, Valproate, Lamotrigine, Carbamazepine, etc. These drugs prevent shifts between mania and depression.

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I have severe mood swings and feel depressed. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have severe mood swings. I am also depressed. I prefer to have a monk-like life. I want to travel around the world. I cannot bear the pain of animals on the streets. I was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease six months back. But I have had mood swings for the last six years after the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditya Gupta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. In my opinion, a change in medication along with non-pharmacological methods is required. As far as medicines are concerned, I suggest increasing the dose of the tablet Nexito (SSRI) as the dose you take is insufficient. You can also discuss ad...  Read Full »

What are the risks or benefits of taking pills like Natrol 5-HTP?

Query: Hi doctor,I want to know whether taking pills like Natrol 5-HTP and stress enhancer has any benefits. I have a bottle of 200 mg and I want to know whether it causes any respiratory disease like EMS.  Read Full »

Dr. Darakhshan

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 5-HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan) is safe when it is taken by mouth. It can be used safely up to 400 mg daily for a year. But in some cases, there is a development of a condition called eosinophilia-myalgia syndrome (EMS). It is a serious condition causing extreme muscle tend...  Read Full »

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