Our expert says:
Alcohol surely doesn't help anyone's brain to work any better.
OK, Cilift is a good antidepressant, but as in Bipolar Disorder, as the name implies, the mood seings in both directions, up and down, and to stabilize such mood swings, other meds are needed. And medicines usually used for epilepsy are not onl about epilepsy - they work by stabilizing cell membranes, which is very useful indeed in epilepsy, but happens also to be what one wants to be able to do in Bipolar Disorder.
Its rather like the drugs we always call Antidepressants - they were discovered in the search for drugs to treat depression, and fouind to be useful, but they're also proving to be useful in many other conditions, too, because the thing they do which is useful in Depression, is also useful in other conditions.
When a new drug is registered, they have to list EVERY side-effect that has been reported more often than in someone taking a sugar pill. But they are not compulsory - it's a listing of possible side-effects, usually starting with somee that are quite common, and ending with some that are rather rare.
Actually, not only would Tobacco never be accepted if it had to undergo the same scrutiny, but even wine and water might have some problems if one listed all the possible side-effects they might have !
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