(Tyrodep) rich in amino acids
UK Researchers have developed a drink that may improve the effectiveness of anti-psychotic medications for illness such as mania and schizophrenia.
Funded by the biomedical research charity The Wellcome Trust, the team from the Department of Psychiatry at Oxford University found that supplementing medication with a drink (Tyrodep) rich in amino acids helps to moderate the increased chemical levels in the brain that underlie some psychotic symptoms.
The addition of the drink to medication may improve the medication’s beneficial effects while reducing unwanted side-effects, leading to improved treatment compliance in the future. According to Professor Guy Goodwin, leader of the Oxford research team, “The drink we’ve developed, when taken alongside medication, has proven to be a real step forward. It may be both more acceptable to patients and help to reduce the unwanted side effects people get from their treatment. Hopefully it will allow them to get on with their lives.”
The Stanley Medical Research Institute in the United States is now working with Professor Goodwin to develop a more widely available therapy. We spoke with Dr. Goodwin in the Summer of 2004 and work progresses, but new test results are not expected for some time (this research takes time)