Aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), and naproxen (Alleve) are the best-known examples of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). There are more than 20 different NSAID medications that can be used in clinical practice. NSAIDs are also widely prescribed, accounting for five to ten percent of all drug prescriptions in the U.S. They are usually prescribed as pain…

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The latest video posted to 15-Minute Pharmacology is a lecture by Dr. Sara Dugan about the psychiatric side effects of a popular asthma and allergy medicine. What is Montelukast? Montelukast is the generic name for a medicine that’s also sold under the brand name, Singulair. It’s usually prescribed to treat asthma. It can also be…

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A natural question Marijuana can provide a sense of happiness and relaxation for many users, so some people with depression may consider marijuana a way to treat their depression symptoms (Cuttler et al., 2018). Research has shown that marijuana use is twice as prevalent in people with depression (Pacek et al., 2017), and as many…

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Consider yourself cordially invited to a live, online (and totally free) course where we will explain why and how to use clozapine. Even though it’s far and away the most effective treatment for schizophrenia, a lot of mental health care providers have questions about it. We will try to answer them in this course. There…

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Here is an interview with TV New Zealand’s Anna Burns-Francis about cannabis risks. My view is that cannabis should be as legal as cigarettes, and its risks as widely-publicized. Also… the people that will profit from legalization should not be the ones who determine which risks get publicized.   Transcript: Anna: New Zealand researchers recently…

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SSRI Capsule

A subscriber to my YouTube channel 15-Minute Pharmacology recently asked if a common type of antidepressant medication can cause psychosis: “Can SSRI’s bring on a psychotic episode? My good friend has become acutely unwell and completely psychotic after being put on SSRIs twice.”   The SSRI Medications Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitor or SSRI medications are…

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Is such a thing even possible? A question came up recently: A psychiatrist had prescribed Zoloft (sertraline) to a patient with depression. Soon after starting the medicine, the patient developed muscle spasms, which fit the neurological definition of dystonia. Translating to English, “dystonia” means abnormal muscle tone. Most people recognize dystonia as a possible side…

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