Borderline Personality Disorder: Top Drugs That Work

Friday, 22 Oct 2010 09:03 AM

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Borderline Personality Disorder is a well-researched psychological problem. There are many drugs that have been designed and developed to treat Borderline Personality Disorder. While medication alone is not the answer for treating Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), a combination of drugs and counseling has a much greater efficacy compared with treatment given using only medications.

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Borderline personality disorder medication:
Mood stabilizers, neuroleptics, and atypical antipsychotic agents may help alleviate the intensity of borderline personality behavior. The top drugs for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) include:

  • Selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors, or SSRIs, help in the treatment of mood swings, chronic anger, emptiness, boredom, and depression that are associated with Borderline Personality Disorder. One of the most well-known and highly acclaimed drugs that belongs to the category of SSRI drugs is Prozac®. Its alternatives include Paxil® and Effexor XR®. While Paxil is prescribed when certain specific symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are observed, other medications are administered instead of Prozac only if any additional illnesses or side effects are observed. SSRI drugs reduce impulsive behavior exhibited by most patients suffering from borderline personality disorder.
  • Another class of drugs employed to help patients cope with borderline personality disorder are atypical antipsychotics. Examples of these include Risperdal®, Seroquel®, Zyprexa®, Clozaril®, and Abilify®. All these medications are FDA-approved  for treating Borderline Personality Disorder. Geodon and Abilify do not cause side effects like weight gain. For patients exhibiting severe symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder, psychologists and therapists may prescribe antipsychotic drugs to help cope with the distorted thought process. Depending on the severity of symptoms, patients suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder may also be prescribed selective atypical antipsychotics.
  • Another category of medications for the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder is anticonvulsants. A few examples of anticonvulsants include, but are not limited to, Lamictal®, Topamax®, Depakote®, Trileptal®, Zonegan®, Neurontin®, and Gabitril®. These medications have worked well when administered to bipolar patients. Since both bipolar patients and patients suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) exhibit mood swings, these drugs can be used to treat both psychological conditions.
  • Some medications used to reduce depression and emotional mood swings like antidepressant drugs and mood stabilizers may be helpful in treating Borderline Personality Disorder.
  • Borderline Personality Disorder coupled with manic depressive disorder can be treated using Zyprexa®, Seroquel®, and Risperdal®. Zyprexa has been shown to decrease self-injury, mood swings, depression, and anxiety caused by Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).
  • Omega-3 fatty acids have been around for quite some time. They can supplement Borderline Personality Disorder drugs by reducing aggression and depression. Furthermore, omega-3 fatty acids are cost-effective health supplements that also help the heart.
  • Borderline personality disorder drugs with anxiolytic medication must be avoided since these can cause addiction, substance abuse, disinhibition, and dependence. Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms can also be controlled using small doses of antipsychotic drugs.
  • Naltrexone® is another well-known drug used in the treatment of Borderline Personality Disorder.
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