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Did medication help your OCD?

Did medication help your OCD?

Medication is an effective treatment for OCD. About 7 out of 10 people with OCD will benefit from either medication or Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). For the people who benefit from medication, they usually see their OCD symptoms reduced by 40-60%.

Can OCD be drug induced?

Substance/medication-induced obsessive compulsive disorder is the diagnostic name for drug-induced OCD. Obsessive-compulsive behavior is a group of seemingly uncontrollable and repetitive behaviors that are driven by obsessions.

What medical conditions can cause OCD?

These infections may include: strep, influenza, mycoplasma pneumonia, Lyme disease, herpes virus, mononucleosis and Coxsackie virus. This autoimmune response targeting the basal ganglia can cause brain inflammation and the onset of neuropsychiatric symptoms, including OCD-like behaviors.

What kind of medications are used to treat OCD?

Research clearly shows that the serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs) are uniquely effective treatments for OCD. These medications increase and regulate the concentration of serotonin, a chemical messenger in the brain.

How long do you have to take medication for OCD?

It is important not to give up on a medication until you have been taking it as prescribed for 10 to 12 weeks. Many patients feel no positive effects for the first few weeks of treatment but then improve greatly. Will I Have to Take Medications Forever? No one knows how long patients should take these medications once they have been effective.

What are the most frequently asked questions about OCD?

Frequently Asked Questions about OCD. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a common, chronic and long-lasting disorder in which a person has uncontrollable, reoccurring thoughts (obsessions) and behaviors (compulsions) that he or she feels the urge to repeat over and over.

Can a SSRI be used in combination with OCD?

Although the SSRIs are not used in combination with each other, an SSRI plus clomipramine can sometimes be used together to combat severe symptoms. The usual effective doses of these medications are higher for OCD than they are for other disorders, like depression, which also respond to SRIs.

What is the first line of treatment for OCD?

The first-line treatments for OCD are medication with serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRIs), therapy with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), or their combination. Our center offers both types of treatment. We encourage patients to select the treatment that they feel most comfortable with.

When to add CBT to your OCD medication?

When medication has produced only a little benefit after 6-12 weeks, adding CBT or another medication to the SRI is also sometimes useful. Many experts believe that CBT is the most helpful treatment to add when someone with OCD is not responding well to medication alone.

How often do you have to take medication for OCD?

For the people who benefit from medication, they usually see their OCD symptoms reduced by 40-60%. For medications to work, they must be taken regularly and as directed by their doctor.

Are there any off label medications for OCD?

Off-Label Medications for OCD. Your physician or psychiatrist may also prescribe medication “off-label” to treat OCD, meaning the medication has proven effective in treating symptoms but has not been approved by the FDA for that specific purpose or age group.