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Anxiety and Stress

The world that we live in can be very fast-paced and often stressful. Although some people seem to be able to work through those types of situations without much difficulty, others have a harder time. Anxiety or the feeling of worry, or unease about something that has an uncertain outcome is entirely normal. Unfortunately, individuals can become so focused on those troublesome things that they are unable to move on. Many of these people may suffer from an anxiety disorder. This is a term used to describe a group of mental illnesses whose distress can prevent someone from living a healthy life. Worry and fear are often constant and can be disabling.

Types of Anxiety Disorders

Types of Anxiety Disorder

There are several different types of anxiety disorders; panic disorder, social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, and specific phobias. While each condition may share the same general symptoms, what triggers their reaction can be quite different.

Common anxiety disorder symptoms:

  • Panic, fear, and uneasiness
  • Sleep problems
  • Inability to stay calm
  • Cold, sweaty, numb or tingling hands or feet
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heart palpitations
  • Dry mouth
  • Nausea
  • Tense muscles
  • Dizziness

While researchers don’t exactly know what causes an anxiety disorder, they believe that they are the result of a combination of issues, including genetics or faulty circuits in the brain that controls fear and other emotions. Individuals who have symptoms should consult their doctor to rule out medical illnesses that could be causing the symptoms. Unfortunately, no lab tests can accurately diagnose an anxiety disorder.

Anxiety treatment options

Typically, anxiety disorders are treated with therapy, medication, or a combination of both. While talk therapy can help individuals articulate their anxiety, most practitioners prefer individuals to begin treatment with an appropriate medication designed to lessen the severity of symptoms or to prevent them altogether.  Two of the most common types of medications for anxiety is Cymbalta and Paxil.

Cymbalta Prescription

Cymbalta is a selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SSNRI) antidepressant that affects the chemicals in the brain that may be unbalanced in people who have depression as well as those who have a generalized anxiety disorder. While some medications of this type are not suggested for children, Cymbalta has been approved for anyone over the age of seven but must be used with caution.

Paxil Prescription Medication

Paxil is a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) that, like Cymbalta, affects specific chemicals in the brain. Paxil can be used to treat depression, anxiety, or other disorders as well as improving mood. Unfortunately, it can have more unwanted side effects than other medications that work as it does.   

Cymbalta vs. Paxil

Cymbalta vs Paxil

While both medications have been proven to be very effective, some people or their physicians may prefer one over the over. The following chart highlights some of the things that should be considered before taking either medication.

Paxil

Cymbalta

Pros Pros
   
Available in generic Available in generic
Taken once a day May help alleviate nerve pain from diabetes and other forms of chronic pain
  Has several uses which may be suitable for individuals with multiple conditions
   
Cons Cons
   
More likely to increase the risk of some sexual dysfunction than other antidepressants Not recommended for heavy drinkers or have liver or kidney problems
May not be appropriate if you are elderly or have dementia Can increase high blood pressure
Can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in adolescents and children Can cause a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors for patients under 24 years old

 

How to get a Cymbalta or Paxil prescription in San Francisco

Cymbalta or Paxil prescription medication in San Francisco

Although occasional anxiety can be a normal part of life, those who find that they are dealing with the effects on a routine basis or that it impairs day to day living should seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner such as those at EZCare Clinic. During your initial consultation, the experienced staff will work with you to determine the root causes that contribute to your anxiety and will design a treatment regimen that will include medications to ease or prevent symptoms and therapy or counseling. With the addition of counseling, patients can learn effective coping techniques that can help with any future issues. At EZCare Clinic, our goal is to treat the whole patient.

If you live in the San Francisco area, make an appointment with EZCare Clinic today. Our staff of caring and knowledgeable professionals have the experience necessary for all your healthcare needs. From routine medical issues to weight management, or mental health concerns and everything in between, EZCare Clinic is dedicated to providing our patients with a comfortable, non-judgmental environment that promotes whole body healing based on proven methodologies, medications and support services. Although an appointment is preferred, walk-ins are accepted Monday thru Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm.

 


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Weight loss remedies and Belviq

Navigating the world of weight loss can be overwhelming. There are a ton of products on the market that claim to help individuals lose weight, but how many of them work? Herbal or all-natural remedies, over-the-counter diet pills, weight loss prescription medications, exercise plans, and weight loss programs have flooded the market all claiming to be the next big thing. Despite their claims, individuals are wise to be cautious when choosing the program to help them lose those unwanted pounds and inches from their waist.

Obesity rates in America

Over the last century, the American lifestyle has changed dramatically. Homes where families once sat down to have dinner together with home cooked meals have now become quick trips through drive-thrus or microwaved dinners from a box. To say that the average American’s diet is an unhealthy one is probably an understatement. Sugar, salt, fat, and oil content has skyrocketed, and with the ease of purchasing pre-cooked meals and sedentary lifestyles, there’s no wonder that our waistline has expanded.

A whopping 30% of Americans are estimated to be clinically obese today despite the overabundance of weight management products available. Entire communities are plagued by heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and cancer, all of which can be linked to poor diet and exercise.

Effective weight loss medications

Effective weight loss medication. Belviq

The names of several weight loss medications as well as programs probably come to mind when you are considering treatment. While some of the most popular regimens can be very helpful, they often only work while eating the foods sold by the program. Once an individual has lost the amount they originally wanted, and they go back to eating normally, many find themselves gaining weight once again. Sadly, programs that require you to purchase meals don’t educate patients on how to maintain their new look.

For a weight loss program to be effective, it must address several issues. Some medical conditions, such as diabetes or certain thyroid conditions, can increase the amount of weight a person gains. Controlling these issues are an important part of any weight loss regimen. Changing behavior is another.

When patients learn how to make healthier choices that include tasty meals, they often find that keeping the weight off is easier. Especially when an appropriate exercise program is added, not only does routine exercise promote weight loss, but it also helps to build strong bones and leaner muscles.

A healthy diet and exercise program are just a portion of what it takes for an overweight individual to get fit. Often individuals, especially those who are obese, need something to start them on their journey.

Weight loss prescription medications have been around for decades. Some are anorexiants (appetite suppressants) while others inhibit the absorption of fat. Regardless of which type of medicine you are taking, patients should seek the advice of a qualified medical professional.

What is Belviq?

Belviq is a weight loss treatment for adults who are overweight with weight-related medical conditions. The active ingredient in Belviq, Lorcaserin, helps to make you feel full by targeting a hunger receptor in the brain. Chemical messengers called neurotransmitters stimulate the brain and tell us that we need to eat. Serotonin, another neurotransmitter, makes us feel full. Belviq makes the brain produce more of the chemicals that encourage the full feeling while eating less and promoting weight loss.

Forty-seven percent of the adults who took Belviq lost 5% or more of their body weight during the first year compared to those who used diet and exercise alone. These results have helped to prove that Belviq is an effective medication for weight loss.

As with many medications, some side effects can be attributed

Belviq Side Effects

  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Low blood sugar (adults with type 2 diabetes)
  • Back pain

While this is not a complete list of possible side effects, patients who have signs of an allergic reaction should seek immediate medical attention. Swelling of the face, tongue or neck, as well as hives or itching, can all be signs of an allergy.

Where to seek treatment and a Belviq prescription

Belviq prescription for weight loss

Individuals who need treatment for obesity should seek the advice of a qualified medical practitioner. While many practices offer a prescription for Belviq, most don’t have the necessary support methods that EZCare Clinic can provide.

Along with a weight loss prescription, EZCare can also offer nutritional advice and support as well as supplements and the help needed to choose a personalized exercise program.  Additionally, weight loss counseling that can help patients understand the emotional factors that contribute to weight gain is available at the clinic.

Choosing the right clinic to help you lose weight and keep it off is just the first step in your weight loss journey. Don’t wait, call today for an appointment at (415) 966-0848. Open Monday through Sunday from 11 am to 7 pm. Walk-ins are welcome, however, you can schedule an appointment online.

You can read about weight loss tips for women here.


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Straterra Uses

Strattera, or atomoxetine HCl, is a unique medication. It was the first non-stimulant drug that was approved by the FDA for the treatment of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder). It is a norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (NRI) that works by increasing the availability of the neurotransmitter norepinephrine. Unlike other ADHD medications, Strattera is not a controlled substance and does not have the risk of abuse or addiction. Strattera may be able to:

  • Decrease hyperactivity
  • Improve attention
  • Reduce impulsive behaviors

Strattera is an immediate-release drug that must be titrated for the full effect. Depending on the dosage recommended, patients may take it once or twice a day. If only taken once, Strattera must be done in the morning to achieve the best results. If you need to take a second dosage, it should be before 6 pm so that the medication does not interfere with sleep.

Straterra Side Effects

Strattera can cause unwanted side effects like most other medications such as:

  • Straterra side effectsAbdominal pain
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Constipation
  • Decreased appetite, weight loss
  • Decreased sex drive
  • Depression
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry mouth
  • Excessive sweating
  • Headaches
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Increased heart rate
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Restlessness
  • Vision changes
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Thoughts of suicide

What is ADHD?

ADHD is a mental condition that affects approximately 4% of adults in America. It is characterized by inattention, impulsivity, and hyperactivity. While the effects are sometimes obvious in children, it can manifest differently in adults. It is also possible for patients to be diagnosed for the first time in adulthood, even though ADHD is a life-long condition that is always present. Some high-functioning children are able to mask the symptoms of this disorder until they reach a point in their family or work lives that they are unaccustomed to, which causes the symptoms to become more noticeable.

Although researchers have not been able to determine the causes of ADHD, it is believed that certain environmental conditions such as exposure to toxic elements, brain injury, alcohol or tobacco use during pregnancy or genetics pose significant risks.

Symptoms of adult ADHD are primarily the same as those in children with the exception that as we grow older, the ability to sit still and not squirm may be hard but not impossible. Common symptoms include:

  • Impulsiveness
  • Disorganization
  • Poor time management skills
  • Trouble multitasking
  • Excessive activity or restlessness
  • Poor planning
  • Low frustration tolerance
  • Frequent mood swings
  • Hot temper
  • Trouble coping with stress

ADHD Treatment Options

Options to treat ADHD

Getting diagnosed with ADHD is not the end of the world, but it can be very confusing. Do not let the disorder define who you are or make you feel inadequate. Your physician will create an ADHD management plan that will include medications, educational support, cognitive behavioral therapy, and support groups.

Taking the prescribed medications may be the first step to an effective treatment but dealing with the emotions that can come with being diagnosed with something that can affect every aspect of your life can be just as important. Typically, doctors will refer patients to a knowledgeable therapist. Many therapists will often suggest becoming involved with an active support group so that individuals can find others with the same experiences.

ADHD affects not only the patient but also those closest to them. Support groups can also be found that can help friends and family members learn how to help the patient manage their symptoms. Living a normal life can be achieved with understanding, support, and the right diagnosis.

Help With Your ADHD in San Francisco

ADHD can be a complicated process when getting a diagnosis and beginning treatment. Some individuals can be helped by therapy and behavior changes alone, but most require medication as well. Most medicines used to treat ADHD are stimulants that can have some serious side effects of their own, including addition. Strattera is the first medication of its kind that is a non-stimulant, and when used as prescribed will not cause addiction.

EZCare Clinic in San Francisco should be your first choice when concerned about ADHD symptoms. On staff, there are caring and dedicated physicians and therapists who can work with you to manage ADHD as well as any other health condition. Once you have been prescribed the appropriate medication, we will periodically review the effectiveness and make adjustments as needed. If desired, our doctors can refer you to one of our therapy groups to aid in dealing with any emotions associated with diagnosis as well as teaching you how to combat the symptoms of ADHD with behavioral modification techniques. If at any time during treatment you feel that your medication is not working, or is not as effective as it once was, we will work with you.

Controlling your ADHD and making it possible to live a normal life is the goal of EZCare Clinic. Call us today at (415) 966-0848 for an appointment, or schedule online.


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