We’ve listed some of the common medications below and a little bit of information about what each of them are used for. Each medicine has a balance of good and bad effects, and each person gets their own individual effects.
It’s important to remember that one medication that might be great for you might not necessarily work for someone else; you just have to find what works for you.
Lithium is a mood stabiliser medicine. The doctor can prescribe lithium carbonate or for you as a treatment for mania, bipolar disorder, as an extra treatment for low mood that has been difficult to treat or for aggression and self-harming behaviour.
Atomoxetine is used to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The doctor can provide it to help control the symptoms of ADHD. It has also been used to treat behaviour problems in autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Mirtazapine is an antidepressant medicine and may help in the treatment of schizophrenia. It has also been used in anxiety disorders including generalised anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, and bipolar affective disorder. You should start to feel better 1-2 weeks after starting to take mirtazapine but it could take up to 4 weeks to feel its full effect. Remember that you will get the best effect from mirtazapine if you take it regularly every day and give it a chance to help.
Propranolol is a beta-blocker medicine. A beta-blocker medicine helps to reduce the symptoms of anxiety, like sweating and shaking. It does not treat the feeling of anxiety – only the symptoms that come with it.
Sertraline can be used as a treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder, depression or conditions involving anxiety. It can take a week or two after starting this treatment before the effect builds up and 4-6 weeks before you feel the full benefit. Do not stop taking it after a week or so, thinking that it is not helping.
Visit Headmeds – a website for young people with information about medications and common conditions.