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Re: rEEG System Helps Guide Prescribing

Posted by Daniel Hoffman, M.D. on March 22, 2005, at 8:51:16

In reply to Re: rEEG System Helps Guide Prescribing Daniel Hoffman, M.D., posted by Iansf on March 22, 2005, at 2:00:11

Your comments about side effects are "sort of" correct. Most of the people I've seen have been on many meds - upto 30 trials. So the person who has tried several medications is actually the primary target for this test. Often the person was on the right meds, but not the right combination to balance the brain and thus attain symptom relief. Sometimes, we can do a second rEEG with the meds on board and see if a remaining problem is due to some other finding popping up or perhaps dosing didn't move the EEG towards normal. However if the only problem is side effects not effectiveness of medications, than I would tend to agree that unless the rEEG offers a different class of drugs that one could in fact tolerate, it may not be as worthwhile. The problem is you don't know. There could be a few ways to treat a problem. E.G., if you can't tolerate SSRI's for example, maybe the same could be accomplished with a beta blocker and a stimulant (just as a hypothetical), in which case tolerability is resolved.




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