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Ritalin

Long-Term Ritalin Use For ADHD Appears To Be Safe

As many as 5% to 7% of elementary school children are diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a behavioral disorder that causes problems with inattentiveness, over-activity, impulsivity, or a combination of these traits. Many of these children are treated with psychostimulant drugs, and while doctors and scientists know a lot about how these drugs […]

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anti-depressant medication

No Difference In Side-Effects When Switching Or Adding Antidepressants

Patients with major depression who fail to see improvement after taking an antidepressant often have their initial medication switched or combined with a second drug. Many clinicians weigh the possibility of adverse side effects when deciding between strategies. New research in the latest issue of General Hospital Psychiatry now suggests one strategy may not be […]

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Medication

U.S. Public May Not Be Aware Of Important Uncertainties About Drug Benefits and Harms, But Explaining These Uncertainties Might Improve Their Choices

Many U.S. adults believe that only extremely effective drugs without serious adverse effects are approved, but providing explanations to patients highlighting uncertainties about drug benefits may affect their choices, according to a report in the September issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The article is part of the journal’s Less […]

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Prozac

New Generation Antidepressant Medications Have Increased Risks For Elderly

Older people taking new generation antidepressants are at more risk of dying or suffering from a range of serious health conditions including stroke, falls, fractures and epilepsy, a study involving researchers at The University of Nottingham has found. The research, published on bmj.com, discovered that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are more strongly associated with […]

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medication

Switching Anti-Psychotic Medications May Reduce Cardiovascular Or Metabolic Side Effects

Patients experiencing cardiovascular or metabolic side effects while taking an antipsychotic medication may fare better if they switch to a different medication provided they are closely monitored, according to an NIMH-funded study. The study was published online ahead of print July 18, 2011, in the American Journal of Psychiatry.

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Anticholinergic Drug List

Side Effect Of Many Commonly Used Drugs Linked With Increased Health Risks, Including Death, For Adults Over 65

A side effect of many commonly used drugs appears to increase the risks of both cognitive impairment and death in older people, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). As part of the Medical Research Council’s Cognitive Function and Ageing Studies (CFAS) project, the study is the first systematic investigation […]

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anti-depressant medication

Researchers Evaluate Criteria To Detect Potentially Inappropriate Medications In Older Hospitalized Patients

Using the Screening Tool of Older Persons’ potentially inappropriate Prescriptions (STOPP) criteria was associated with identification of adverse drug events in older patients, according to a report in the June issue of Archives of Internal Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. The article is part of the journal’s Less Is More series.

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