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Experts worry about skyrocketing prescriptions for antidepressants

The number of prescriptions for antidepressants has reached a record high in the United Kingdom, and experts fear that some people may be unnecessarily exposed to antidepressant side effects. The Health and Social Care Information Centre released the new figures on prescription drugs, which showed antidepressant use had risen by one-third in just a year, and that about four million Britons are taking the drugs each year – twice as many compared to 10 years ago. Representatives from mental health agencies say they worry that people suffering from depression are prescribed drugs as a first-line defense because other forms of ... Read More

Testosterone therapy prescribed generously despite potentially dangerous side effects

The number of prescriptions for testosterone replacement therapy for men 40 years of age and older has risen 300 percent between 2001 and 2011, and a quarter of the most recent testosterone therapy users have never had their blood levels checked to determine if the need the medication, according to a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The research was spearheaded by Jacques Baillargeon, an epidemiologist at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, who wondered if the increase in advertising for testosterone treatments was resulting in an increase in prescriptions for the drugs. The ads offered relief from ... Read More

Widely prescribed statins increase risk of type 2 diabetes

The cholesterol-lowering statin Crestor (rosuvastatin) is the top selling prescription medication for the 12-month period ending September 2013, according to a report from the research firm IMS Health. Crestor sold more than 23.7 million prescriptions raking in sales of $5.3 billion during that time period. Statins are commonly prescribed to lower cholesterol levels. They work by inhibiting the enzyme HMG-CoA reductase, which plays a central role in the production of cholesterol in the liver, which produce about 70 percent of total cholesterol in the body. Increased cholesterol levels have been associated with cardiovascular disease. Thus, statins are used to help ... Read More

Researchers find that common antibiotics can damage DNA

Antibiotics have long been praised for wiping out bacterial infections with few side effects. But, for years, researchers have raised concerns that antibiotics were being over prescribed and overused in many cases for conditions for which they provide no benefit. The concerns seem to have fallen on deaf ears, as a fifth of doctor’s office visits in the United States results in a prescription for antibiotics, and every child receives an average of one antibiotic prescription per year. A new study raises yet another red flag over antibiotics – it indicates they can damage DNA. Researchers conducted studies on human ... Read More

Prescriptions for ADHD medications increasing

More children are being prescribed drugs to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a new Food and Drug Administration (FDA) study published in a recent issue of Pediatrics. The FDA pored through its large national database and analyzed outpatient drug trends between 2002 and 2010 among children up to age 17. What they found is that the number of overall prescriptions for children decreased by 7 percent while the prescriptions to adults increased by 22 percent. Researchers noted a decrease in prescriptions for antibiotics; allergy medications, painkillers, cold and cough medicines, and antidepressants for children. But prescriptions for ... Read More

New pediatric drug database gives parents latest information on safe dosages

Parents should have the most up-to-date information on safe dosages regarding medicine for their children. Unfortunately, this information is not always readily available because, historically, not all products are studied in children. This is key because drugs work differently in children from how they work in adults. To remedy this problem, Congress passed legislation to increase the number of pediatric studies and provide the results on the safety labels of medication. As part of this effort, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has created a database that covers medical products studied in children. The Pediatric Labeling Information Database is a ... Read More

Beware of side effects from meds this season

If you happen to fall ill during this season from colds and flu, take note of the prescriptions your doctor hands you, especially those for common antibiotics. Two years ago, my doctor prescribed Ketek for a lingering sinus infection that other meds just weren’t knocking out. He warned me to only take it if I really felt I needed it. He said it was a very strong antibiotic. I thought that comment was odd. But a week later, my sinus infection had not improved. I took the prescription to my pharmacist. I told him that my doctor had told me ... Read More

Caution advised with free antibiotics offer

Supermarket pharmacies throughout Pennsylvania are offering free antibiotics for those with prescriptions in an effort to ease the economic crisis for customers. However, some health care providers fear the free meds may do more harm than good, according to ABC Action News 6 in Philadelphia. The latest supermarket to jump on the free antibiotics bandwagon is Genuardi’s in Montgomery County, and the public is all ears. The supermarket says it is giving away the nine antibiotics that are most common and frequently prescribed during the winter months. To get the free drugs at Genuardi’s, customers just need a prescription and ... Read More

Stimulant drug added to list of meds that can cause SJS/TEN

A stimulant-type drug recently was added to the list of medications that may cause Stevens Johnson Syndrome (SJS), a rare but life-threatening condition affecting the skin and mucus membranes, causing the skin to blister and peel away in sheets. MedPage Today reported that drug maker Cephalon has agreed to update the drug’s label to warn of the potential risk of SJS and other serious rashes and hypersensitivity reactions. Modafinil (Provigil) is approved by the FDA to treat narcolepsy and excessive daytime sleepiness associated with obstructive sleep apnea. Modafinil (Provigil) also has been shown effective in the treatment of depression, cocaine ... Read More

Most emergency visits from drug reactions caused by antibiotics

Adverse reactions to antibiotics send more than 140,000 Americans to the emergency room every year, according to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and reported this month by Natural News. Researchers centered their focus on antibiotics that were either ingested or injected rather than those that are applied to the skin. Data was pulled from the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey, National Electronic Injury Surveillance System-Cooperative Adverse Drug Event Surveillance project. The data showed that 19 percent of all emergency visits for adverse reactions to drugs were due to antibiotics. Seventy-eight ... Read More