Antidepressants do work – but children need someone to talk to
Young people in mental distress need – and deserve – faster access to support services, as well as pillsNearly a decade ago I found myself perched on the edge of a hard chair in a dark doctor ’s office. I was 13 and struggling a lot with self harm, body image, and the simple task of keeping myself alive. Shuffling my feet and wondering how I ended up here, I remember not fully understanding what was happening when I was handed a little green prescription for Fluoxetine – an antidepre ssant drug often better known as Prozac.Back then, my frame of reference for mental illness was pretty minimal. All I...
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - March 4, 2018 Category: Science Authors: Alice Gibbs Tags: Depression Mental health Psychiatry Society Drugs Science Source Type: news
These Antidepressants Are Most Effective, Study Says
Millions of people take antidepressants for depression. But there’s long been debate over just how effective the medications actually are. On Wednesday, a large new study provides evidence that antidepressants are more effective than placebo at treating acute depression in adults. The study, published in the journal The Lancet, looked at the published data from 522 randomized controlled trials testing 21 different types of antidepressants. The study authors also reached out to pharmaceutical companies and study authors for additional unpublished study data. All told, the data collection included 116,477 men and women...
Source: TIME: Health - February 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Alexandra Sifferlin Tags: Uncategorized healthytime Mental Health/Psychology Source Type: news
Exploring the History & Treatment of PTSD: An Interview with Dr. Paula P. Schnurr
As we celebrate Veterans Day (and Remembrance Day in Canada) and honoring military veterans, many of us think back to World War I but also many other wars throughout history. I recalled the 1980s, when Iran was engaged in an almost decade-long war with Iraq, and millions were killed or injured on both sides. In the West, the older generations may recall World War II and the Vietnam War, while the younger ones remember the more recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We think of the millions who have fought, who have come back with injuries, and those who died serving their countries. But the numbers we rarely think about: How...
Source: Psych Central - November 11, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Arash Emamzadeh Tags: Interview Medications PTSD Trauma Treatment Combat Trauma Posttraumatic Stress Disorder PSTD Traumatic Experiences veterans Veterans day Source Type: news
Abrogated Freud-1/CC2D1A repression of 5-HT1A autoreceptors induces fluoxetine-resistant anxiety/depression-like behavior - Vahid-Ansari F, Daigle M, Manzini MC, Tanaka KF, Hen R, Geddes SD, B éïque JC, James J, Merali Z, Albert PR.
Freud-1/CC2D1A represses the gene transcription of serotonin-1A (5-HT1A) autoreceptors, which negatively regulate 5-HT tone. To test the role of Freud-1 in vivo, we generated mice with adulthood conditional knockout of Freud-1 in 5-HT neurons (cF1ko). In c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news
Olanzapine and Fluoxetine (Symbyax) Capsules (New - Discontinuation)
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Source: FDA Drug Shortages - September 25, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news
Antidepressant Plus CBT May Ease Hypochondria Antidepressant Plus CBT May Ease Hypochondria
Fluoxetine may help ease hypochondriasis, and adding cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) provides a small incremental benefit, new research shows.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 12, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news
5 things parents should know about eating disorders
Dr. Sara Forman, director of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Outpatient Eating Disorders Program and Dr. Tracy Richmond, director of the PREP weight management program in Adolescent Medicine, share five things parents should know about eating disorders. Kids don’t have to be really thin to have an eating disorder. Not everyone with an eating disorder looks like he or she has an eating disorder. The condition is often hidden in secret habits or obsessions. For example, binge eating and bulimia — or binging and purging &mdash...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - July 7, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: Mental Health Teen Health anorexia anorexia nervosa bulimia Dr. Sara Forman Dr. Tracy Richmond eating disorder Source Type: news
Analysis examines safety of antidepressant use during pregnancy
Use of fluoxetine -- the most commonly prescribed antidepressant -- during pregnancy is linked with a slightly increased risk of malformations in infants, according to a recent analysis. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - May 17, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news
Analysis examines safety of antidepressant use during pregnancy
(Wiley) Use of fluoxetine -- the most commonly prescribed antidepressant -- during pregnancy is linked with a slightly increased risk of malformations in infants, according to a recent analysis of published studies. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 17, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news
Symbyax (Olanzapine and fluoxetine) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - January 23, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news
Is This Really the Best Drug to Treat Depression in Kids? Is This Really the Best Drug to Treat Depression in Kids?
A meta-analysis of pediatric depression drug trials has a clear winner: fluoxetine.Medscape Pediatrics (Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines)
Source: Medscape Pediatrics Headlines - December 14, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Tags: Pediatrics Viewpoint Source Type: news
Fluoxetine does not enhance visual perceptual learning and triazolam specifically impairs learning transfer - Lagas AK, Black JM, Byblow WD, Fleming MK, Goodman LK, Kydd RR, Russell BR, Stinear CM, Thompson B.
The selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor fluoxetine significantly enhances adult visual cortex plasticity within the rat. This effect is related to decreased gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) mediated inhibition and identifies fluoxetine as a potential agen... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 11, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news
FLUOX-PMS: Antidepressant Does Not Slow MS Progression FLUOX-PMS: Antidepressant Does Not Slow MS Progression
Although there was no significant difference on combined walk and 9-hole peg tests between fluoxetine and placebo groups, researchers and other experts note a trend'that cannot be ignored. 'Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines)
Source: Medscape Neurology and Neurosurgery Headlines - September 26, 2016 Category: Neurology Tags: Neurology & Neurosurgery News Source Type: news
Fluoxetine Flops as Progressive MS Therapy
(MedPage Today) -- Trial may have been underpowered to detect a benefit (Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry)
Source: MedPage Today Psychiatry - September 17, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news
Beta-blockers may prevent bone loss linked to antidepressant drugs
Stephen FellerNEW YORK, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- The SSRI drug fluoxetine was found in a recent study to increase bone loss, but researchers may also have found a way to prevent it from occurring. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 7, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Antidepressant bone loss could be prevented with beta-blockers
(Columbia University Medical Center) The antidepressant fluoxetine causes bone loss by instructing the brain to send out signals that increase bone breakdown, but a beta-blocker can intercept the signals, a new study in mice has found. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 7, 2016 Category: Biology Source Type: news
Prozac (Fluoxetine Hcl) - updated on RxList
(Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs)
Source: RxList - New and Updated Drug Monographs - August 15, 2016 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news
Zi Xiu Tang Beauty Face and Figure Capsule contains hidden drug ingredients
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers not to purchase or use Zi Xiu Tang Beauty Face& Figure Capsule, a product promoted for weight loss. This product was identified by FDA during an examination of international mail shipments.FDA laboratory analysis confirmed that Zi Xiu Tang Beauty Face& Figure Capsule contains phenolphthalein and fluoxetine. Phenolphthalein is a chemical that is not an active ingredient in any approved drug in the United States. Studies have indicated that it presents a cancer-causing risk. (Source: NCCAM Featured Content)
Source: NCCAM Featured Content - August 2, 2016 Category: Complementary Medicine Authors: NCCIH Source Type: news
Fentanyl can cause serotonin syndrome
3.5 out of 5 stars Serotonin Syndrome Induced by Fentanyl in a Child: Case Report. Robles LA. Clin Neuropharmacol 2015 Sept-Oct;38:206-8. Abstract When many clinicians think of serotonin syndrome (SS), they consider the usual suspects: Selective Serotonin Uptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) Citalopram Fluoxetine Sertraline Escitalopram Paroxetine Serotonin-Norepinephrine Reuptake Inhibitors Venlafaxine Duloxetine Antidepressants Trazodone Buspirone Clomipramine Aside from these common culprits, there are other commonly used drugs whose clear association with serotonin syndrome is less-often realized: Fentanyl ...
Source: The Poison Review - July 8, 2016 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Gussow Tags: Medical fentanyl opioid serotonin syndrome Source Type: news
One-year follow-up of children and adolescents with major depressive disorder: relationship between clinical variables and Abcb1 gene polymorphisms - Blázquez A, Gassó P, Mas S, Plana MT, Lafuente A, Lázaro L.
We examined remission and recovery from the index episode in a cohort of patients treated with FLX, and also inves... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 27, 2016 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news
Antidepressants For Kids Ineffective, Potentially Harmful, Study Finds
BOSTON (CBS) — Major depression is usually associated with adults, but quite a few kids suffer from it as well, and more are being treated with antidepressants. But a new analysis published in the journal Lancet finds that most of these drugs are not only ineffective in kids but some may actually be unsafe. Only 1 of 14 antidepressants, fluoxetine, also known as Prozac, was better than a placebo pill at relieving symptoms. And venlafaxine, or Effexor, was associated with a higher risk of suicidal thoughts and attempts. Experts warn that while depression in kids should remain a priority, current anti-depres...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 9, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: larasalahi Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local CBS Boston Depression Dr. Mallika Marshall WBZ Source Type: news
Most antidepressants not working for children and teenagers – study
Only Prozac found to show measurable benefit, though authors caution their findings are not comprehensive due to a lack of available unbiased dataMost available antidepressants do not help children and teenagers with serious mental health problems and some may be unsafe, experts have warned.A review of clinical trial evidence found that of 14 antidepressant drugs, only one, fluoxetine – marketed as Prozac – was better than a placebo at relieving the symptoms of young people with major depression. Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - June 9, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Press Association Tags: Depression Medical research Society Pharmaceuticals industry Science Source Type: news
Most Antidepressants Fail to Ease Depression Symptoms in Pediatric Patients, Meta-Analysis Suggests (FREE)
By Kelly Young Edited by Susan Sadoughi, MD, and Richard Saitz, MD, MPH, FACP, FASAM Fluoxetine is the only antidepressant that might be more effective than placebo in treating depression in children … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - June 8, 2016 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news
Study Questions Use of Antidepressants for Children, Teens
WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016 -- Treating children and teens suffering from depression with antidepressants may be both ineffective and potentially dangerous, a new analysis suggests. Of the 14 antidepressants studied, only fluoxetine (Prozac) was more... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 8, 2016 Category: Journals (General) Source Type: news
Antidepressants and pregnancy: More research needed
Follow me at @Drmoniquetello For many women, pregnancy and the arrival of a new baby is a joyous time — but not for every woman. Recently, postpartum depression — extreme feelings of sadness and anxiety following the birth of a child — has come out from the shadows. But what about depression during pregnancy? It’s more common than you think: as many as 14% to 23% of pregnant women will experience symptoms of depression. It’s of sufficient public health concern that the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening all pregnant women and new moms for depression. However, treatin...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - May 19, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Monique Tello, MD, MPH Tags: Anxiety and Depression Behavioral Health Drugs and Supplements Family Planning and Pregnancy Source Type: news
[Research Article] On-demand continuous-flow production of pharmaceuticals in a compact, reconfigurable system
Pharmaceutical manufacturing typically uses batch processing at multiple locations. Disadvantages of this approach include long production times and the potential for supply chain disruptions. As a preliminary demonstration of an alternative approach, we report here the continuous-flow synthesis and formulation of active pharmaceutical ingredients in a compact, reconfigurable manufacturing platform. Continuous end-to-end synthesis in the refrigerator-sized [1.0 meter (width) × 0.7 meter (length) × 1.8 meter (height)] system produces sufficient quantities per day to supply hundreds to thousands of oral or topica...
Source: ScienceNOW - March 31, 2016 Category: Science Authors: Andrea Adamo Source Type: news
Can OCD Be Seasonal?
My son Dan’s obsessive-compulsive disorder was at its very worst around January-March of 2008. After floundering and fighting our way through a maze of disorienting treatments and programs for OCD, we finally found the right help for Dan in the form of exposure and response prevention (ERP) therapy. Exactly one year later we were almost, though not quite, back to square one. At that time, I sat in the psychiatrist’s office with Dan as the doctor talked about OCD often going in cycles. I was terrified. Was Dan slipping back to not being able to eat again? Was all his hard work doing ERP for nothing? As it turns ...
Source: Psych Central - March 12, 2016 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Janet Singer Tags: Disorders Family General Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Personal Stories Psychology Seasonal Affective Disorder Treatment Anxiety exposure and response prevention Fluoxetine Major Depressive Disorder Obsessions Relapse Selective Source Type: news
What Are Current Treatments for Postpartum Depression?
Discussion Postpartum depression affects 10 to 20% of women after delivery, but less than half of these women are detected. Postpartum depression is defined as major depressive episodes with symptom onset during pregnancy or in the first four weeks following delivery. There is recognition that symptoms may begin later after delivery but the mother would not be diagnosed with PPD. PPD is distinct from postpartum blues which occur in 50 to 80% of new mothers. They occur within 1 to 2 days of delivery and resolve within 10-14 days of delivery. Symptoms include anxiety, depression, irritability, tearfulness, poor sleep, and a...
Source: PediatricEducation.org - February 15, 2016 Category: Pediatrics Authors: pediatriceducationmin Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: news
Antidepressants linked to suicide and aggression in teens
ConclusionPerhaps the most troubling aspect of this paper is not the increased risk of suicidal thoughts in young people, as that has been known for many years. What is worrying is the researchers’ conclusion that they are unable to tell the true extent of harms from antidepressants, because of poor data collection and availability.RCTs are designed to test the effects of treatments with as little bias as possible. However, if the right data on adverse effects is not collected in the trials, or is not made public, we cannot balance the benefits and risks of treatment in a fair and transparent way. According to the da...
Source: NHS News Feed - January 28, 2016 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Medication Source Type: news
Talking therapy 'as effective as antidepressants' study finds
ConclusionPrevious research has shown that both second generation antidepressants and CBT can be helpful for people with depression. This study found that they seem to work about as well as each other.The study has many strengths, including the fact it is a systematic review, and includes information from RCTs involving more than 1,500 people. However, the studies don't give us much information about adverse effects of treatments, or who responds best to which type of treatment. This is important, because what works for one person may not work as well for another. Some doctors think people with severe depression need to be...
Source: NHS News Feed - December 10, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Medical practice Source Type: news
Bright light therapy helps adults with major depressive disorder
Stephen FellerVANCOUVER, British Columbia, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Researchers at the University of British Columbia found pairing fluoxetine, sold as Prozac, with light therapy can help adults with depression. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - November 19, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Pain affects clinical patterns and treatment outcomes for patients with major depressive disorder taking fluoxetine - Lin HS, Wang FC, Lin CH.
The aim of the study was to determine whether baseline pain was associated with discernible clinical features and treatment outcomes for patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) receiving 6-week fluoxetine treatment. A total of 131 inpatients with acu... (Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated))
Source: SafetyLit: All (Unduplicated) - October 23, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Tags: Ergonomics, Human Factors, Anthropometrics, Physiology Source Type: news
5 things parents should know about eating disorders
Dr. Sara Forman, director of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Outpatient Eating Disorders Program, and Dr. Tracy Richmond, director of the PREP weight management program in Adolescent Medicine, share five things parents should know about eating disorders. Kids don’t have to be really thin to have an eating disorder. Not everyone with an eating disorder looks like he or she has an eating disorder. The condition is often hidden in secret habits or obsessions. For example, binge eating and bulimia — or binging and purging — are common eatin...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - October 6, 2015 Category: Pediatrics Authors: Erin Horan Tags: All posts Mental health Teen health anorexia anorexia nervosa bulimia Dr. Sara Forman Dr. Tracy Richmond eating disorder Source Type: news
Antidepressant paroxetine study 'under-reported data on harms'
ConclusionThis study stands as a warning about how supposedly neutral scientific research papers may mislead readers by presenting findings in a certain way.The differences between the independent analysis published in the BMJ and the 2001 research paper are stark. They cannot both be right. The "authors" of the 2001 paper appear to have picked outcome measures to suit their results, in the way they present evidence of effectiveness. It has subsequently come to light that the first draft paper was not actually written by the 22 academics named on the paper, but by a "ghostwriter" paid by GSK.The st...
Source: NHS News Feed - September 17, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medical practice Medication Mental health Pregnancy/child Source Type: news
Young people on antidepressants more likely to commit violent crime
Young people taking antidepressants like Prozac are at increased risk of committing violent crimes, scientists have warned (Source: Telegraph Health)
Source: Telegraph Health - September 15, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: seroxat antidepressants karolinska institute fluoxetine prozac violent crime oxford university Source Type: news
Living with Panic Attacks
You’re sitting in your car trying to will yourself to walk into the grocery store. Anxiety washes over you. You’re cold and hot at the same time with sweat trickling down your back, hair standing on your arms. You finally get out of your car. But as you enter the store, you feel wobbly and like you’re going to pass out. The fluorescent lighting seems especially stifling. The wide aisles, oddly enough, feel claustrophobic. Your breath feels finite, like a balloon floating up to the sky, which you can’t catch. In fact, at times you feel like you’re floating along with the balloon. At times you f...
Source: Psych Central - September 3, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S. Tags: Anxiety Cognitive-Behavioral Disorders General Psychotherapy Relaxation and Meditation Self-Esteem Self-Help Stress Academy of Cognitive Therapy Agoraphobia Antidepressant Anxiety Disorder Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Source Type: news
Research in mice shows potential value of antidepressant in some stroke victims
Working with mice, researchers have added to evidence that a commonly prescribed antidepressant called fluoxetine helps stroke victims improve movement and coordination, and possibly why. (Source: ScienceDaily Headlines)
Source: ScienceDaily Headlines - August 31, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news
Research in mice shows potential value of antidepressant in some stroke victims
(Johns Hopkins Medicine) Working with mice, researchers at Johns Hopkins have added to evidence that a commonly prescribed antidepressant called fluoxetine helps stroke victims improve movement and coordination, and possibly why. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 31, 2015 Category: Global & Universal Source Type: news
Fluoxetine, Paroxetine Linked to Increased Birth Defect Risks
A study published July 8 in BMJ confirmed previous reports that maternal use of the selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors paroxetine and fluoxetine is tied to an increased risk of birth defects. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - July 15, 2015 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news
New Study Sheds Light On The Link Between Antidepressants And Birth Defects
A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that pregnant women who take certain drugs that are part of a class of antidepressants known as SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors) are at slightly increased risk for having a baby with birth defects. While this sounds frightening, the absolute risk for birth defects is still very low, cautioned study authors. For instance, women who took Paxil (paroxetine) would increase their risk for giving birth to a baby with anencephaly (a serious and often fatal brain and skull defect) from two per 10,000 to seven per 10,000. For a certain heart ...
Source: Science - The Huffington Post - July 10, 2015 Category: Science Source Type: news
Medical News Today: Antidepressants linked with risk of birth defects
Women who use the SSRIs paroxetine and fluoxetine in early pregnancy may be at higher risk of having infants with birth defects, according to new research. (Source: Health News from Medical News Today)
Source: Health News from Medical News Today - July 9, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Depression Source Type: news
Fluoxetine Promising for Pediatric Body Dysmorphic DisorderFluoxetine Promising for Pediatric Body Dysmorphic Disorder
A placebo-controlled study shows that the antidepressant fluoxetine is safe in adolescents with BDD, with a strong trend toward symptom improvement, warranting a larger trial, researchers say. Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines)
Source: Medscape Psychiatry Headlines - May 19, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Psychiatry News Source Type: news
Non-controlled and over-the-counter drugs of abuse
2.5 out of 5 stars Abuse of Medications That Theoretically Are Without Abuse Potential. Reeves RR et al. South Med J 2015 Mar;108:151-157. Abstract This review of noncontrolled prescription and over-the-counter drugs that can be and have been abused for non-medical or recreational purposes is rather sketchy and anecdotal (as the authors admit,) but nevertheless contains some useful information. Classes of drugs discussed include: Cold & Cough products: pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, oxymetazoline, dextromethorphan Anticholinergics: diphenhydramine, benztropine, trihexyphenidyl (Artane) Antipsychotics: quetiap...
Source: The Poison Review - March 24, 2015 Category: Toxicology Authors: Leon Tags: Medical cough/cold preparations dextromethorphan medication abuse otc over-the-counter Source Type: news
Can Prozac Treat EV-D68 Paralysis in Kids?
(MedPage Today) -- Researcher proposes that fluoxetine may have antiviral activity against EV-D68. (Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease)
Source: MedPage Today Infectious Disease - March 16, 2015 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news
Medication and Anxiety
Medication can be an effective approach for managing various types of anxiety such as panic, hyperarousal, and constant worry. However, contrary to popular belief and subtle messages from pharmaceutical companies, medication is far from a cure. In fact, when it comes to “cures” for most psychiatric conditions, the data tends to support psychotherapy. For example, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) responds very well to psychotherapy, whereas the positive effects of medication are somewhat limited. The same is true for panic disorder. Although certain types of medication are very good at relieving panic sympt...
Source: Psych Central - March 11, 2015 Category: Psychiatry Authors: Bret Moore, PsyD Tags: Anti-anxiety Antidepressants Benzodiazepines Disorders General Medications Panic Disorder anti-anxiety medications Drug Dependency Fear Hyperarousal Sedatives Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor snri Ssri Substance Abuse Source Type: news
Common anticholinergic drugs like Benadryl linked to increased dementia risk
This study is another reminder to periodically evaluate the all drugs you’re taking. Look at each one to determine if it’s really helping,” says Dr. Sarah Berry, a geriatrician and assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. “I’ve seen people who have been on anticholinergic medications for bladder control for years and they are completely incontinent. These drugs obviously aren’t helping.” Many drugs have a stronger effect on older people than younger people. With age, the kidneys and liver clear drugs more slowly, so drug levels in the blood remain higher for a lon...
Source: New Harvard Health Information - January 29, 2015 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Beverly Merz Tags: Alzheimer's Disease Drugs and Supplements Mental Health anticholinergic drugs Source Type: news
Why Depression Is Underreported In Men
By Mary Elizabeth Dallas Depression is often seen as a problem mainly affecting women. Ironically, that’s one of the reasons why the condition is underreported among men, according to Amit Anand, M.D., a professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner College of Medicine and vice-chair of research at its Center for Behavioral Health. Although women are 70 percent more likely than men to have depression, more than 6 million men in the United States struggle with the condition each year, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. However, several obstacles prevent many of them from seeking treatmen...
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - December 27, 2014 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news
Psychopharmacology Problem Solving: Principles & Practices to Get It Right
A longstanding debate in the field of psychology is whether or not psychologists — specifically, PhDs and PsyDs who serve in a clinical capacity — should, like psychiatrists (who have MDs), be able to prescribe medication. At present, two states permit prescriptive authority for appropriately trained psychologists: New Mexico and Louisiana, with more states on the horizon for approval. That authority is monitored under the supervision of a psychiatrist or other qualified practicing medical physician. Meanwhile, the American Psychological Association (APA), while it supports prescriptive auth...
Source: Psych Central - December 24, 2014 Category: Psychiatry Authors: K.M. McCann, PhD Tags: Book Reviews Disorders General Medications Professional Psychiatry Psychology Treatment Pharmacology Psychiatric Medication Psychopharmacology Scott Kraly Source Type: news