Category Archives: Questions : Answers

Combining of two psychotropic agents

Question. My question involves the combining of two psychotropic agents. I am unclear why it is done and why it works. I treat chronically ill patients, mostly with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder. They are treated with agents that functionally decrease dopamine, i.e. Haldol, Clozaril etc. If they become depressed, and the depression does not respond… Read More »

Food and Efficacy of Psychotropic Medications

Question. I would like information about food/drink and medications. How significant is the impact on absorption availability? And, what is it about Serzone after SSRI? I have not usually seen that much difficulty switching patients from one medication to another but this one seems quite different. Answer. Foods seem to be a relatively minor factor… Read More »

Term “Psychotropic Drugs”

Question. I’m a medical student who is trying to find out exactly what the term “psychotropic drugs” includes. Does it cover marijuana and other street drugs, or is it only for mood-altering drugs (developed by pharmaceutical companies) without euphoric effects? What is the true definition? Answer. Good question, but a bit like trying to nail… Read More »

Compliance with Medications

Question. As a school psychologist, I see a large number of students who take psychotropic medications haphazardly. I’m curious about research on the impact of taking antidepressants or antipsychotic medications “when remembered,” either in general or specific to the medication. I believe that poor compliance with the medication schedule actually causes a worsening of some… Read More »

Caffeine and Psychotropics

Question. Are there any psychotropics that have a negative interaction with caffeine? Is caffeine bad for people with certain disorders? Answer. There are certainly psychotropics that can interact with caffeine in clinically important ways, though not always in bad ways. First, though, it’s important to distinguish two types of drug-drug interactions. In one type of… Read More »