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Drug Side Effects

Yes, Benzos Are Bad For You

Allen Frances | Posted 07.01.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

The bottom line is that there is only one way to confidently avoid addiction to benzodiazepines: never start taking them. Since we can't predict who will eventually get hooked, the short term gains are rarely worth the long term risks. 

Should Your Blood Pressure Be Lowered to 120?

Samuel J. Mann, M.D. | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Samuel J. Mann, M.D.

Studies show, and my patients confirm to me, that most doctors don't do this, yielding BP readings that are misleadingly higher. If your SBP is over-read this way, you are at greater risk of over-treatment and harm than were the study patients. The risk of harm may be higher in the real world than in the study.

A Checklist to Stop Misuse of Psychiatric Medication in Kids

Allen Frances | Posted 07.20.2016 | Science
Allen Frances

Children change so much in response to environment and development that their diagnosis and treatment always requires the greatest care, patience, and time. I can't picture ever starting a child on meds after a brief evaluation, but this is often done.

12 Ways Parents Can Protect Their Kids From Too Many Pills

Allen Frances | Posted 12.02.2014 | Politics
Allen Frances

Misplaced diagnostic exuberance has turned age-appropriate immaturity into a psychiatric disease and treats it with a pill, rather than just letting the kid grow up.

Ebola and Life-Threatening Diseases: Should You Take Untested Medicines?

Cary A. Presant, M.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Cary A. Presant, M.D.

If a condition, even Ebola, threatens your life, be courageous, be informed, and be prepared to make a decision that could help you survive.

Is Your Medication Making You Sick?

Posted 03.12.2015 | OWN

These three digital tools can help you decide. By Christie Aschwanden You already know that aspirin can upset your stomach and antihistamines ma...

Failings in Mental Health Care for Adults With Autism

Neil S. Greenspan | Posted 02.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Neil S. Greenspan

One key problem repeatedly encountered with both psychiatrists and psychologists is the failure to adequately monitor clinical progress of patients with autism according to any objective standard.

Drug Side Effects In TV Ads Could Actually Improve Drug Sales

| Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

By Erika Beras (Click here for the original article and podcast) [List of side effects for a fake prescription drug in a parody of a TV ad.] Med...

Your Medication Can Kill You!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.16.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Yes, side effects of medications can kill. But so can the side effects of declining medications we really need. When prescribed judiciously by clinicians who know what they are doing to patients who know what they are getting, drugs are far more likely to help than harm.

When the Prevention Is the Problem

Allegra Panetto | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Allegra Panetto

There is one thing I would absolutely change about my Peace Corps experience: accepting the default, anti-malarial drug, Lariam, which is known to cause serious, even long-lasting neurologic and psychiatric side effects.

What Drug Reps Aren't Telling Doctors

Posted 06.11.2013 | Healthy Living

By Amir Khan Drug company reps provide little or no information about harmful side effects of the medications they are selling when they visit doct...

Is it Drugs Not Guns that Cause Violence?

Hyla Cass, M.D. | Posted 04.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Hyla Cass, M.D.

Many legal cases, with closed books due to settlement, document cases of suicides and homicides in individuals who had not been violent prior to taking medication, and often they were newly prescribed or on an increased dose.

Chinese Girl Grows Beard Due To Life-Saving Bone Marrow Treatment

Posted 10.22.2012 | World

A young girl from China has become a lonely recluse after she developed hirsutism following a life-saving bone marrow transplant and drug treatment, r...

What Are Those Prescription Drugs Doing in Your Body, Anyway?

Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac. | Posted 12.05.2012 | Healthy Living
Amy M. FitzPatrick, MS, L.Ac.

If you do need to take prescription meds, understand as much as you can about them before you ingest them.

When Is More Not Always Better? Advances in Science That Raise Important Questions

Vivian Diller, Ph.D. | Posted 11.13.2012 | Healthy Living
Vivian Diller, Ph.D.

While advances in science no doubt help us in countless ways, and in no way am I suggesting we impede the development of medicines that improve the quality of our lives, we need to keep a watchful eye on the cultural pressures some unwittingly create.

Psychiatry: Start Listening to Your Patients and Their Families

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 08.10.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Peter Breggin

On the face of it, medication compliance makes sense. Patients should take their medications as instructed and families should ensure that they do. But is it that simple?

The Litigators Is the Return of the Old Grisham

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Jackie K. Cooper

The Litigators takes us back to the Grisham of old. It is a legal thriller that entertains and amuses. Grisham is not known for being a writer of humor but some scenes in The Litigators are laugh out loud hilarious.

What Patients Can Do To Avoid Medication Errors

Dr. Cindy Haines | Posted 08.26.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cindy Haines

Unfortunately, too-few experts offer the following advice: People can -- and should -- simply reduce the number of medications they need.

The Anthrax Perpetrator and the Arkansas Shooter Were Taking Antidepressants

Dr. Peter Breggin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dr. Peter Breggin

It was recently disclosed that two murderers, one extremely notorious, were probably taking antidepressants at the time of their crimes, but hardly an...