Archive for January, 2010

Psychiatric Polypharmacy Continues to Grow

Psychiatric Polypharmacy Continues to Grow

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By John Gever, Senior Editor, MedPage Today Published: January 04, 2010 Reviewed by Zalman S. Agus, MD; Emeritus Professor  University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and Dorothy Caputo, MA, RN, BC-ADM, CDE, Nurse Planner Psychiatrists who prescribe drugs for their patients today usually give more than one at a time, often with little scientific basis, researchers said.   About […]

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Metabolic Risks Remain Largely Unmonitored In Medicaid Patients Taking Antipsychotics

Metabolic Risks Remain Largely Unmonitored In Medicaid Patients Taking Antipsychotics

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Despite government warnings and professional recommendations about diabetes risks associated with second-generation antipsychotic drugs, fewer than one-third of Medicaid patients who are treated with these medications undergo tests of blood glucose or lipid levels, according to a report in the January issue of Archives of General Psychiatry, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. In 2003, the […]

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Anti-Depressants Only Work Well For People With Serious Depression

Anti-Depressants Only Work Well For People With Serious Depression

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This JAMA reported study concludes “The magnitude of benefit of antidepressant medication compared with placebo increases with severity of depression symptoms and may be minimal or nonexistent, on average, in patients with mild or moderate symptoms. For patients with very severe depression, the benefit of medications over placebo is substantial.” The New York Times reports on this […]

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