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ADHD Medication Saves Lives on the Road, Study Finds

A new study of 17,000 Swedish residents with ADHD found a startlingly lower serious accident rate when male drivers were on their medication versus when they were not. The study found there was no such connection for female drivers. A UCLA researcher who studies attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder noted Friday that the findings, while important, can’t yet …

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Gabapentin Fills Gap in Treating Alcoholism

Gabapentin is the only medication shown to improve sleep and mood in people who are quitting or reducing their drinking. Addiction is an incredibly difficult disease to fight. If you have experience with alcohol or drug abuse, you know how challenging it is to stop using. People who struggle with addiction may want to stop …

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Can the Antipsychotic Quetiapine Ease the Effects of Cannabis Withdrawal?

Quetiapine (Seroquel) is a medication designed to treat the symptoms of psychosis in people affected by schizophrenia, as well as the symptoms associated with depression and bipolar disorder. Previous studies have also indicated that the medication may have usefulness in the treatment of certain disorders related to substance abuse, including a condition called cannabis withdrawal. …

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Psychotropic Medications Often Prescribed Without a Diagnosis

A new study published in the online journal Psychiatric Services suggests that more than half of the people who receive prescriptions for psychotropic medications have not received a formal diagnosis of a mental illness. The study examined the MarketScan claims of more than 5 million patients, and found that 58.2 percent of patients on at …

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Antabuse Helps Alcoholics Stop Drinking

Alcoholism is a destructive addiction that can literally ruin people’s lives. Whether you’re struggling with excessive drinking yourself or you love someone who is, you understand all too well the path of devastation this chronic condition can bring, from splintered relationships to serious medical issues. Professional addiction treatment, individual therapy and attending support groups can …

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Antipsychotic Medications Increase Diabetes Risk

Antipsychotic medications are a diverse assortment of medications designed to treat psychosis, the collective term for a number of symptoms found in people with schizophrenia and several other mental disorders. Doctors generally divide antipsychotics into two groups: older medications called typical antipsychotics and newer medications called atypical antipsychotics. Recent findings indicate that people who take …

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Off-Label Use of Antipsychotics Alarms Experts

Turn on the TV for two or three hours and you’re likely to see a commercial for Abilify – one of the newer antipsychotic medications being used to treat a variety of symptoms and disorders.  It’s advertised as an adjunct medication for those taking antidepressants for depression who aren’t quite experiencing the benefits they’d hoped …

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Weight Loss Drug Helps Curb Cocaine Addiction

Topiramate, an FDA-approved drug for the treatment of epilepsy and weight loss, may also prove effective in helping curb cocaine use in people addicted to both alcohol and cocaine. So say researchers at Penn Medicine’s department of psychiatry in a study published in Drug and Alcohol Dependence. But while prior studies by other researchers indicated …

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