Medication Helps Some With Mild Depression People with mild depression may benefit from antidepressants, suggests a new meta-analysis. Some earlier reports had suggested that antidepressants generally only improve mood in people with severe depression. But that might be because those studies weren’t precise enough to pick up on smaller changes in symptoms that can […]
Deaths From Abuse of Painkillers Triple in a Decade: CDC Almost two-thirds of overdose deaths are from opioid pain relievers, agency says The number of deaths from prescription drug overdoses has tripled in a decade, hitting a peak of 36,000 fatalities in 2008, U.S. health officials reported Tuesday.
FDA Approves Tapentadol for Chronic Pain The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved tapentadol extended release (Nucynta, Janssen Pharmaceuticals) for moderate to severe chronic pain. The drug, already approved for acute pain, has now been given the okay for long-term use, the company announced today. In Europe, tapentadol is marketed as Palexia.
I have a stainless steel shoulder joint that causes me constant chronic pain. I’ve also had a small stroke, prostate and skin cancer that required three surgeries and I have two stents in my heart. All of this caused me to have depression and anxiety attacks. One doctor had me on Cymbalta and Xanax, […]
More than 10% of electronic prescriptions contain an error, according to a new study that determined that prescriptions sent electronically are just as likely to contain mistakes as handwritten ones.
The State of Pharmacogenetics Customizing Treatments By Anil K. Malhotra, MD | April 9, 2010Dr Malhotra is the director of psychiatry research at the Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, NY, and professor of psychiatry at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx, NY. He is a consultant for PGX Health Inc. There […]
The Effectiveness Of SSRI Antidepressants Reduced By Anti-Inflammatory Drugs Scientists at the Fisher Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research at The Rockefeller University, led by Paul Greengard, Ph.D., and Jennifer Warner-Schmidt, Ph.D., have shown that anti-inflammatory drugs, which include ibuprofen, aspirin and naproxen, reduce the effectiveness of the most widely used class of antidepressant medications, the […]
Up to 25% of people who take antidepressants gain weight. Is there anything you can do about it? Seeking help for depression — and following through with antidepressant medication — is a courageous and important first step on the road to recovery. But too often, those who take that step find themselves faced with […]
Editor’s note: Antipsychotics are now the top-selling class of medications in the United States, with prescription sales of $14.6 billion in 2009. Many clinicians worry these agents are being overprescribed and used inappropriately. Medscape recently hosted an email discussion between Dr. Nassir Ghaemi, a psychiatrist, and Dr. Larry Culpepper, a primary care physician with expertise […]
Efficacy of antidepressants and benzodiazepines in minor depression: systematic review and meta-analysis. Barbui C ; Cipriani A ; Patel V ; Ayuso-Mateos JL ; van Ommeren M Department of Public Health and Community Medicine, Section of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, University of Verona, Policlinico GB Rossi, 37134 Verona, Italy. firstname.lastname@example.org BACKGROUND: Depression is a common condition that has been frequently treated with psychotropics.