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Managing Medication During Brain Treatment

Brain disorders fall into two main categories: neurological and psychological conditions. While the line seems clear-cut to some people, there is overlap between the issues. For example, if someone experiences migraines, that is a physical neurological condition. However, stress impacts the frequency of migraines, which makes it a psychological issue, as well. Whether they are neurological or psychological, medication is the first choice for treating various brain disorders. We have medications that can help reduce headaches, manage seizures, reduce anxiety, and more.

Any drug that targets the receptors in your brain and alters brain activity is considered a neurological drug. Even drugs that do not target the brain can fall under that umbrella. Categories include anti-anxiety medications, antidepressants, pain medicine, steroids, anticonvulsants, and anti-nausea medication.

Some neurological medications are aimed at helping correct the condition. For example, steroids can help reduce swelling and inflammation, leading to permanent help. Others focus on treating symptoms. For example, pain relievers alleviate symptoms. Some medication is preventative. In fact, migraine sufferers and people with epilepsy generally take preventive medicine to help reduce the frequency of their symptoms. Other drugs may focus on reducing the side effects that can occur because of some medications. For example, some antipsychotic medications can cause involuntary muscle movements, and others can help control them.

If your doctor prescribes a medication for brain treatment, it is essential to take it as prescribed. Because these medications interact with your brain’s chemistry, it is important not to discontinue them without medical symptoms. It is also essential to stay on schedule. If you experience side effects, talk to your doctor. They may be able to change your medication or prescribe other medicines to help you manage the side effects.

Some potential side effects of neurological medications can be severe. You may experience nausea, vomiting, sleep disturbances, sexual dysfunction, dizziness, light-headedness, weight gain, and more. Depending on their severity, these side effects can lead people to quit their medication. However, multiple classes of medication are available to treat almost every neurological or psychological condition. So, talk to your doctor. Sometimes symptoms disappear after a short period. Other times, your doctor may suggest other medications. When other medications are not available, your doctor may be able to prescribe medications to help you handle the side effects. The most important thing is to communicate with your healthcare team so that they can come up with the right medication combination for you.

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