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By On August 27th, 2013

Antipsychotic Medications Raise the Risk of Type 2 Diabetes for Children

While many parents have criticized the prescription of “atypical” antipsychotic medications to children and young adult with behavioral problems or mood disorders, chances are most didn’t worry about diabetes. But, as a study from Vanderbilt University Medical Center recently showed, young people taking medications such as risperidone, quetiapine, aripiprazol, or olanzapine are three-times the risk…

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By On January 29th, 2013

The Puzzling Problem of Weight Gain With Antidepressants

The major side effect commonly associated with antipsychotics, antidepressants and mood stabilizers is weight gain. While you may think that a cosmetic change is a small price to pay for the help with depression and other disorders, the weight gain can cause “psychotropic medication nonadherence” or, more simply patients are likely to stop taking the…

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By On January 14th, 2013

Anorexia Also Being Mistreated With Antipsychotics

In a recent article, I told you about children being prescribed powerful antipsychotics off-label. Similarly, Catherine Pearson writes for the Huffington Post that antipsychotics and antidepressants are being widely used to treat anorexia, despite their being no evidence have a positive impact on a patient’s symptoms. Though there have been preliminary trials conducted that show weight…

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By On January 11th, 2013

Questionable Use of Antipsychotics on Children

Far too often, youths are being prescribed powerful antipsychotics “off-label”, or for a different use than the drug was initially intended. Researchers report that for those under 18 of normal intelligence, there’s no indication that the drugs have any positive effect. As Sharon Kirkey reports for the Ottawa Citizen, presciption medication designed for schizophrenia, for…

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By On December 4th, 2012

Dangers of Prolonged Antipsychotic Drug Use Exposed

A recent study set out to find which antipsychotic medications were safest and most effective for prolonged use. Instead, they seemed to discover that none of the medications used in their study are meant for long-term use and nearly all of the patients observed went off the meds well before they were intended to. As…

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