Depression Savings Tips

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  • What Can You Do If Your Antidepressant Isn’t Helping?

    October 24, 2017

    If you have depression that hasn’t responded to a single antidepressant, switching to another one or adding a second medication is your next step. New evidence is guiding what to do next if you aren’t much better after 6 – 12 weeks of treatment.

    When your antidepressant isn’t working to improve or relieve your depressive symptoms, what’s your next step?

  • FDA Safety Alert: Reactions to Olanzapine (Zyprexa)

    June 02, 2016

    The FDA has issued a safety alert for olanzapine (Zyprexa), an antipsychotic medication used to treat mental health disorders.

    According to the FDA, medications containing olanzapine may cause a rare but serious skin reaction that can spread to affect other parts of the body—and even lead to death.

    What type of skin reaction can olanzapine cause?
    Olanzapine can cause a skin reaction known as Drug Reaction with Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms (DRESS)See More

  • Brintellix Changing Names to Trintellix for Safety

    May 19, 2016

    There are many medications on the market that have very similar names, which can sometimes be confusing for you, your pharmacist, and your doctor.

    One example is Brintellix (an anti-depressant) and Brilinta (a blood thinner). Especially since they treat such different conditions, confusing these two prescriptions can cause big problems—and could even be life-threatening.

    To lower the risk of mixing these two up, and to decrease prescribing and dispensing mistakes, the FDA just approved a name change for BrintellixSee More

  • How Do I Stop My Antidepressant?

    May 18, 2016

    You and your healthcare provider have decided it’s time to wean off your antidepressant and now you wonder: what is the best way to stop? Does taking it slow make more sense than cold turkey? What symptoms might I feel?

    First: the “discontinuation syndrome” is worse when you stop your antidepressant abruptly. This may include dizziness, nausea, fatigue, muscle aches, chills, anxiety, and irritability. See More

  • Paxil vs Pexeva: Which Paroxetine Antidepressant Is Better?

    March 08, 2016

    You or someone you know may suffer from anxiety, depression, or both. Anxiety and depression can be extremely debilitating with potential for negatively impacting a person’s daily life, but there are treatments that can help, including therapy and SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) medications like Paxil (paroxetine hydrochloride) and Pexeva (paroxetine mesylate).

    What are Paxil and Pexeva prescribed to treat?
    Pexeva is used to treat generalize anxiety disorder (GAD), major depressive disorder (MDD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and panic disorder (PD). See More

  • Top 10 New Drugs of 2015

    November 16, 2015

    Pharmaceutical manufacturers released a number of new prescription drugs in 2015. Some of these new drugs are truly lifesavers . . . and some aren’t. Either way, pharmaceutical companies will be spending lots of money to let you know about them—you’ll be seeing them on the sides of buses and in TV commercials for quite a while.

    As a doctor, I’m always excited about improvements that help patients. Some of the drugs below can really make a difference. See More

  • 11 Truths About Depression and Antidepressants

    August 24, 2015

    Almost 10% of Americans will battle depression over their lifetime.  Some people will find themselves depressed after a traumatic life event; for others, it’s a constant battle.
    While depression can happen to anyone, here are some surprising statistics:

    • People living in the southeast US tend to have a higher incidence of depression.
    • People with lower levels of education tend to report more depression.
    •  See More
  • Rexulti: New Schizophrenia and Depression Treatment Coming Soon

    July 31, 2015

    While the effectiveness of any mental health medication varies from person to person, newly approved Rexulti is now available as another option—both for the treatment of schizophrenia, and as an additional tool to work with antidepressants.

    Rexulti was approved by the FDA on July 13, 2015, and according to the manufacturer, it should be available in pharmacies by early August 2015.

    What is Rexulti used for?
    Rexulti is used to treat schizophrenia, and can be used as an add-on treatment to antidepressants for major depressive disorder. See More

  • Generic Abilify Now in Pharmacies!

    May 06, 2015

    You may have seen the many commercials for Abilify (aripiprazole) or perhaps you or someone you know take it. Especially if that’s the case, you should know that the FDA has approved the first generic versions of Abilify to treat mental illness, which means it will now be available to you at a reduced cost, and looked at more favorably by insurance companies.

    On April 28, 2015, the FDA gave pharmaceutical companies Alembic, Hetero Labs, Teva, and Torrent the go-ahead to manufacture the generic version of Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Abilify oral tablets. See More

  • Ketamine May Hold Promise for Treating Depression

    December 16, 2014

    There is a huge need for rapidly acting antidepressants. Suicide is a leading cause of death in young adults in the United States and currently available antidepressants often take weeks to kick in. There is great interest in glutamate mechanisms in major depression as a promising new target. One of the drugs that works on glutamate you may know as an illegally obtained illicit drug called ketamine or Special-KSee More

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