Drink Enhances Mental Illness Medication
Jun 09, 2004

OXFORD, England (United Press International -- British scientists have developed a drink that enhances the efficacy of medication used to treat psychiatric illness like mania and schizophrenia.

Researchers at Oxford University said the drink, called Tyrodep, is high in amino acids that, when taken with proper medication, help control the increased levels of chemicals in the brains of patients who suffer from the diseases.

Not only is medication effectiveness increased, the drink also could reduce complicated side effects associated with traditional treatment, such as shakiness, permanent movement of the mouth and tongue, weight gain and sexual problems.

"The drink we've developed, when taken alongside medication, has proven to be a real step forward," Professor Guy Goodwin, who led the research team, said in a statement. "It may be both more acceptable to patients and help to reduce the unwanted side effects people get from their treatment."