Prescription Drugs That Block Weight Loss
A number of drugs prescribed to treat common conditions, such as hypertension, allergies, depression, inflammation, and diabetes, block your ability to lose weight. Several of these drugs actually cause weight gain, and most doctors fail to inform their patients of such side effects. Among the drugs that block weight loss are: Beta-blockers: metoprolol, atenolol, carvedilol, and propranolol  Antidepressants: amitriptyline (Elavil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), doxepin, paroxetine (Paxil), trazodone, and others Steroids: prednisone and hydrocortisone (but not inhaled or nasal steroids for allergies) Antihistamines: diphen...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - May 7, 2019 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: News & Updates blood sugar drugs failed weight loss fatigue weight loss hypertension insulin prescription drugs undoctored wheat belly Wheat Belly Total Health Source Type: blogs

The Side Effects of Lithium: My Love Affair with Water
I never go anywhere without a drink in my hand. My nosey neighbor had the nerve to ask me if I was an alcoholic. I’m not an alcoholic. I just love ice water, huge, plastic glasses of ice water. The lithium did that to me. Lithium carbonate, which used to be a medication of choice for bipolar individuals, is a salt. It makes you ridiculously thirsty. For over 15 years, I ingested a lot of it daily. The result was a constant, unquenchable thirst. I don’t physically need water anymore, but I’m kind of addicted to it psychologically. Funny, I don’t want juice or coffee or pop. I want water. This drinkin...
Source: World of Psychology - March 16, 2018 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Laura Yeager Tags: Antidepressant Bipolar Creativity Depression Habits Medications Personal Adverse Side Effects Bipolar Disorder Lithium Medication Side Effects Mood Stabilizer Sex Drive Sexual Dysfunction Weight Gain Source Type: blogs

The 1000th Thread!
This is the 1000th presentation to my bioethics blog since starting on Google Blogspot.com in 2004.There has been many topics covered. Though comments by the visitors has always been encouraged and, since as a "discussion blog", comments leading to discussions I have felt was the definitive function here. Virtually none of the thread topics have gone unread and most have had some commentary, some with mainly particularly strong and emphatic opinions http://bioethicsdiscussion.blogspot.com/2013/01/should-pathologists-be-physicians.html, some with extensive up to 12 years long continued discussion http://bioethicsd...
Source: blog.bioethics.net - December 24, 2017 Category: Medical Ethics Authors: Maurice Bernstein, M.D. Tags: Health Care syndicated Source Type: blogs

The 1000th Thread!
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Source: Bioethics Discussion Blog - December 24, 2017 Category: Medical Ethics Source Type: blogs

My Husband Outlived His Brain Tumor Prognosis by 12 Years: How His Experience Could Help John McCain and Others
In conclusion, I would never advise John McCain and his family, or any other GBM patient, as to which of these treatments—or which combination of treatments—they should use. I hope they will learn about all of them, and decide on their own which one or ones they would like to try. I would also encourage them to do their own research, or to hire a researcher with experience in finding sensible, science-based, cutting-edge treatments. I am very worried that they will not know about these treatments, and others like them, and will just use the standard of care. That would be a shame. It might also be a death sent...
Source: HONEST MEDICINE: My Dream for the Future - November 21, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JuliaS1573 at aol.com (Julia Schopick) Source Type: blogs

Top 25 Psychiatric Medications for 2016
Most people understand that the role of psychiatric medications is to help alleviate the symptoms associated with different types of mental disorders, such as depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, anxiety, and more. Psychiatric medications are an important part of a comprehensive treatment plan for effectively treating people who have a mental health concern or mental illness. It’s good to know what drugs are being most-often prescribed for mental disorders in the U.S. These are the top 25 psychiatric medications by number of U.S. prescriptions dispensed in 2016, according to QuintilesIMS, a global infor...
Source: World of Psychology - October 12, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: John M. Grohol, Psy.D. Tags: General Medications Psychiatry Treatment medications for mental illness Psychiatric Drugs Psychiatric Medications psychiatric meds top psychiatric medications Source Type: blogs

My Husband Outlived His Brain Tumor Prognosis by 12 Years: How His Experience Could Help John McCain and Others
In conclusion, I would never advise John McCain and his family, or any other GBM patient, as to which of these treatments—or which combination of treatments—they should use. I hope they will learn about all of them, and decide on their own which one or ones they would like to try. I would also encourage them to do their own research, or to hire a researcher with experience in finding sensible, science-based, cutting-edge treatments. I am very worried that they will not know about these treatments, and others like them, and will just use the standard of care. That would be a shame. It might also be a death sent...
Source: HONEST MEDICINE: My Dream for the Future - September 22, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JuliaS1573 at aol.com (Julia Schopick) Source Type: blogs

How New Generation Drugs Are Targeting Depression
Two years ago, I talked with a prominent psychiatrist about what could be done for all the people who have treatment-resistant depression who do not respond — or only partially respond — to the drugs on the market today. “We wait for better drugs to come out,” he said. I wanted a better answer, because my experience with the newer drugs like Zyprexa (olanzapine) — atypical neuroleptics (a type of antipsychotic) that were supposed to treat bipolar disorder with fewer side effects than typical mood stabilizers like lithium and Depakote (divalproex sodium) — proved to be...
Source: World of Psychology - August 18, 2017 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Therese J. Borchard Tags: Alternative and Nutritional Supplements Antidepressant Antipsychotic Depression Medications Treatment Depressive Episode Major Depressive Disorder Source Type: blogs

Medications that Increase the Risks of Falling
Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for adults 65 and older, and research suggests that those taking four or more medications are at an even greater risk than those who don ’t.ByAlzheimer's Reading RoomWhat ’s the Difference Between Alzheimer’s and DementiaHow to Test Your Memory for Alzheimer's and DementiaHow to Get Answers To Your Questions About Alzheimer's and Dementia“Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for adults 65 and older, and research suggests that those taking four or more medications are at an even greater risk than those who do...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - February 1, 2017 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care care of dementia patients dementia care health help alzheimer's help with dementia care medications falls Prescription Medications Risks risk of falling senior care Source Type: blogs

Omnicare ’s Unwanted Spotlight Produces Mixed Results
This article gives an overview of both cases, as well as potential implications for compliance officers to pay attention to. Omnicare, the nation’s largest provider of pharmacy services to long-term care facilities, recently has been in the unwanted Government spotlight in two separate cases that produced mixed results. In the first case, the Department of Justice (“DOJ”) announced a $28 million settlement with the company to resolve allegations that the company solicited and received kickbacks from pharmaceutical manufacturer Abbott Laboratories in exchange for promoting Depakote for nursing home patie...
Source: Policy and Medicine - December 19, 2016 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan - Policy & Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

Are these prescription drugs preventing your weight loss?
A number of drugs prescribed to treat common conditions, such as hypertension, allergies, depression, inflammation, and diabetes, block your ability to lose weight. Several of these drugs actually cause weight gain, and most doctors fail to inform their patients of such side effects. Among the drugs that block weight loss are: Beta-blockers: metoprolol, atenolol, carvedilol, and propranolol  Antidepressants: amitriptyline (Elavil), nortriptyline (Pamelor), doxepin, paroxetine (Paxil), trazodone, and others Steroids: prednisone and hydrocortisone (but not inhaled or nasal steroids for allergies) Antihistamines: diphen...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - September 13, 2016 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Depression Dr. Davis Drugs and wheat Nutritional supplements Weight loss Wheat Belly Wheat Belly Lifestyle Wheat Belly Total Health Wheat-Free Lifestyle anxiety Source Type: blogs

Dementia Care, Which Drugs Increase the Risk of Falling
Medications can increase the risk of falls and falling; and, are a major cause of injuries and death in older adults.By Bob DeMarcoAlzheimer's Reading RoomDuring the entire 8 and a half years, 3,112 days, that I was taking care of my mother, I worried about her falling.Falls can result in hip injuries, head injuries, or something worse.If you loved one is falling, or complaining of "dizziness" check out the list of medications below; and then, consult with your personal care doctor.Problems with Balance, Walking, Falling an Early Sign of DementiaThe drugs older people take can make them more susceptible to fallin...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - September 7, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: alzheimer's care Alzheimer's Dementia dementia care dementia falls dementia help for caregivers family caregiving help alzheimer's help with dementia care memory care searches related to falling Source Type: blogs

Ode to the Duke
I saw my shrink today. I call him “The Duke.” We had a perfectly fine half-hour meeting. He wrote me some scripts and listened to my current take on my life. Mainly, we talked about my son Tommy’s fear of entering sixth grade. The Duke warned me that the junior high years are awful and to brace myself. The Duke is a straight shooter. At the end of the appointment, I asked him how he thought I was doing. “Fine,” he said. “You’re doing fine.” “I think I’ve licked bipolar illness,” I said. “Don’t say that,” he replied quickly. Perha...
Source: World of Psychology - August 19, 2016 Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Laura Yeager Tags: Bipolar Caregivers Disorders General Personal Psychiatry Treatment Bipolar Disorder Love Medicine Patient Sigmund Freud St. Dymphna Source Type: blogs

PharMerica to pay $9.25M in Dept. of Justice settlement
The Louisville, Kentucky-based PharMerica, the nation's second-largest nursing home pharmacy, agreed on October 7 to pay $9.25 million to settle allegations it took kickbacks in exchange for promoting a specific drug to nursing home patients. Judge Joseph Anderson Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina was confident enough in preliminary terms to dismiss the lawsuit without prejudice in mid-August, after the sides had reported a settlement.  This settlement comes on the heels of a $31 million dollar settlement earlier this year. That settlement, made in May, was a resolution to a lawsuit fil...
Source: Policy and Medicine - October 14, 2015 Category: American Health Authors: Policy and Medicine Writing Staff Source Type: blogs

Drugs that block weight loss
Following the Wheat Belly lifestyle of wheat and grain elimination results in weight loss in the majority of people in short order. But there are exceptions. The exceptions should not be interpreted to mean that this lifestyle does not work; it should initiate a search for why the weight loss effect of wheat and grain elimination is being blocked. Iodine deficiency, for example, is a common cause for failed weight loss, no matter how perfect your diet and how much you exercise. Another common cause for failed weight loss are prescription drugs and a few over-the-counter drugs. Among the common drugs that will block your ...
Source: Wheat Belly Blog - February 15, 2015 Category: Cardiology Authors: Dr. Davis Tags: Wheat Belly Lifestyle gluten grains prescription drugs Weight Loss Source Type: blogs

DOJ Alleges Kickbacks Between Omnicare and Abbott Labs Involving Dementia Drug
  On December 22, the United States filed a civil False Claims Act complaint against Omnicare Inc. alleging that it solicited and received kickbacks from Abbott Laboratories in exchange for purchasing and recommending Depakote, a dementia drug for elderly patients.  Omnicare is the nation’s largest provider of pharmacy dispensing services to nursing homes, and also provides consulting services to the homes. According to the complaint, Omnicare “wielded enormous influence over the drugs administered to the residents of Omnicare-serviced nursing homes.” The U.S. alleges that “in exchange fo...
Source: Policy and Medicine - December 29, 2014 Category: American Health Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs

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Medications reduced violent crime in people taking the medications, Depakote and 'antipsychotic' medications, a study published in Lancet found. (Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans)
Source: a psychiatrist who learned from veterans - May 8, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Source Type: blogs

Results of the Survey on Who Are the Mentally Ill?
Thank you to everyone who participated!The survey was published on Shrink Rap from December 10, 2013 - December 22, 2013.Respondents were solicited through social media, including blogs, listservs, Facebook, and Twitter.  Respondents were not limited to the United States.  Please note that the survey was not validated.  The data below was pasted directly from the Google "Summary of Responses" with no analysis or interpretation.SummaryAnyone who has seen a therapist is mentally illTrue172%False67698%Anyone who has been in psychotherapy with a psychiatrist is mentally illTrue619%False63091%Anyon...
Source: Shrink Rap - January 2, 2014 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Dinah Source Type: blogs

Pharmalot... Pharmalittle... Good Morning
Hello, everyone, and nice to see you again. We have just emerged from a long summer weekend spent with our short people but, alas, the usual routine of meetings and deadlines has now returned. We hope your own battery is similarly recharged, but if not, please join us for that mandatory cup of stimulation as we dig in for another busy few days. As always, we have a menu of tidbits to help you get started. Hope your day goes well and do stay in touch... Merck Halts Sale Of Feed Additive After Cattle Develop Problems (Bloomberg News) Lilly Goes To Court To Defend Alimta Cancer Drug Administration Patent (Wall Street Journal)...
Source: Pharmalot - August 19, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: esilverman Source Type: blogs

You May Likely Gain Weight on these 6 Psychiatric Medications
I had been on the drug Zyprexa (olanzapine) for four weeks and had already gained 15 pounds which, you know, didn’t help my depression. After going to a wedding and catching a side view of myself, I called my doctor and told him that my name was now Violet Beauregarde, you know, the gum chewer in “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” who becomes a blueberry balloon. Except that when I rose to the top of the room I was crying. “The two most common questions that patients ask me are, ‘Will I become dependent on the medications?’ and ‘Will I gain weight?’” says Sanjay Gupta...
Source: World of Psychology - June 28, 2013 Category: Psychiatrists and Psychologists Authors: Therese J. Borchard Tags: Antidepressant Antipsychotic Disorders General Health-related Medications Mental Health and Wellness Self-Esteem Treatment Anticonvulsant Charlie And The Chocolate Charlie And The Chocolate Factory Chemical Compound Clozaril De Source Type: blogs

FDA Expanding Role of Office of Criminal Investigations
Over the last year or two, the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Criminal Investigations (OCI) has grown to play a crucial role in protecting the public health from fraudulent or counterfeit drugs, devices, cosmetics and other FDA regulated products. Increasingly, OCI has also played a large role in several recent high-profile settlements involving off-label marketing or deceptive promotional practices. Several recent posts on the FDAVoice blog, written by OCI's director, John Roth, explain the work OCI has done in the past and what the future holds. OCI consists of numerous federal agents, who have the...
Source: Policy and Medicine - June 20, 2013 Category: Health Medicine and Bioethics Commentators Authors: Thomas Sullivan Source Type: blogs

Medications that Increase the Risks of Patient Falls
Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for adults 65 and older. Alzheimer's Reading Room “Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries for adults 65 and older, and research suggests that those taking four or more medications are at an even greater risk than those who don’t – perhaps two to three times greater,” said Susan Blalock, Ph.D., an associate professor at the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy. In 2007, more than 21,700 Americans died as a result of falls and more than 7.9 million were injured by a fall including over 1.8 million older adults who...
Source: Alzheimer's Reading Room, The - February 14, 2013 Category: Dementia Authors: Bob DeMarco Source Type: blogs

Paying for Depakote: An Epileptics' Story of Finding the Cheapest Depakote
I had initially been proscribed brand-name Depakote, which was extremely expensive. Where I lived, Depakote cost between $300 and $375 for a 90 500-mg pills. Once I could not afford to pay this, I talked to my doctor about ways to save money on Depakote.Contributor: Kylie BurtnerPublished: Jan 07, 2013 (Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content)
Source: Most Recent Health Wellness - Associated Content - January 8, 2013 Category: Other Conditions Source Type: blogs