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    I'm not an expert, but f'rinstance Carbemazepine is used as a mood stabiliser and also an anti-convulsant (so used to treat epilepsy as well as certain kinds of depression)
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    Other than depressive illnesses they are also used for anxiety, agoraphobia, OCD and eating disorders

    Possibly some other things as well, and if anyone of the above things I've mentioned is wrong feel free to correct me
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    Rub them on your tummy.
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    (Original post by Segat1)
    Rub them on your tummy.
    :rolleyes:
    I wanted serious answers :p:
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    I was given Fluoxetine a couple of years back for OCD/anxiety related issues.

    Just googled it for the correct spelling, and found a wiki thing that has a little bit at the top about uses for it: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fluoxetine
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    mmkay thanks kids, I think we can come to the conclusion that it's pretty much only used for mental illness type things.
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    Used to treat Insomnia I think
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    What about looking at it the other way around?

    chlorphenamine maleate found to act as an anti-histamine (e.g. in the Hayfever remedy Piriton) also behaves as an SSRI (like Prozac) elevating Serotonin levels.
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    (Original post by sarCAZm)
    Used to treat Insomnia I think
    oh really? that's interesting.

    What about headaches?
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    (Original post by blackswan)
    mmkay thanks kids, I think we can come to the conclusion that it's pretty much only used for mental illness type things.
    epilepsy isn't a mental illness
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    (Original post by sarCAZm)
    Used to treat Insomnia I think
    To an extent I'd think that's because insomnia can be a symptom of depression (it certainly is for me...along with other rather annoying things like claustrophobia :hmpf:)

    But yeah, quite a few mental illnesses (especially depression/anxiety) can be helped (I'm not going to say "cured" because that'd be daft of me) with anti-depressants
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    (Original post by iainmacn)
    epilepsy isn't a mental illness
    That's why I said "pretty much"
    geez relax.
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    Anti depressants work by altering neurotransmitter levels in the brain.

    Sometimes when there isn't enough serotonin in the brain people are not able to sleep so well, so an SSRI can help with these cases of insomnia.

    There are so many alternatives to antidepressants, but if you are considering taking them seriously think about eating more oily fish, the Omega 3 fatty acids are essential for maintaining the myelin fatty sheath membrane around parts of neurons. It's a major part of the story involving the regulation of nerve cell communication.
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    thanks. And this isn't about me this time
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    (Original post by blackswan)
    That's why I said "pretty much"
    geez relax.
    I'm relaxed - just making it clear
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    I took dosulepin for insomnia, it's one of the old style tricyclic antidepressants that make you drowsy. Not convinced it actually did anything though. I think it's also been used for chronic hiccoughs and bedwetting in children?
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    I was on them for relief of chronic pain. Worked like a charm.

    They also have some use in digestive pain because there are seritonin receptors in the gut wall. So my doctor told me anyway.
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    The anti depressant drug Wellbutrin is now called Zyban and is used as a drug to help you stop smoking.
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    (Original post by junglemonkey)
    I was on them for relief of chronic pain. Worked like a charm.

    They also have some use in digestive pain because there are seritonin receptors in the gut wall. So my doctor told me anyway.
    I was on amytriptaline (sp? sorry) for releif of chronic pain, it didn't work for me unfortunately. I became really withdrawn and zombie-like as well and it made my hair (not all of it thankfully) fall out. Interestingly gabapentin (an epilepsy drug) had better results with me.

    OP- my chronic pain was headaches (post-viral), so yes it has uses in treating headaches.
 
 
 
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