How to Talk about Medication (September)

Date of Issue: 09/01/2019 | Volume: 17 | Number: 9

Issue Links:Learning Objectives | Editorial Information

Shawn Christopher Shea shares communication tips to engage patients in treatment. Popular myths about mirtazapine and paroxetine are found wanting. Cannabis’s analgesic potential, and a safe prescribing guide for sleep medicines in the era of stricter FDA warnings.

In This Issue


Mirtazapine Augmentation: Running Low on Rocket Fuel

Topics: Antidepressant Augmentation | Antidepressants | Depression | Depressive Disorder | Mirtazapine | Pharmacology | Pharmacology Tips | Psychopharm Myths | Psychopharmacology | Psychopharmacology Tips | SSRIs | Treatment-Resistant Depression | Venlafaxine

Dubbed “California Rocket Fuel” by Stephen Stahl, the combination of venlafaxine and mirtazapine seemed to hit all the right receptors. The hype may have gotten a little ahead of the evidence on this one, however, as three new studies reveal.

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Expert Q&A

A New Way to Talk to Patients about Medication

Topics: Collaborative care | Medication adherence | Patient relationship | Psychiatric interviewing | Psychotherapy | Therapy with Med Management

Shawn Christopher Shea, MD has been fine-tuning the art of doctor-patient communications for over 30 years. He shares his tips on talking about medications.

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A New Contraindication for Ambien and the Z-Hypnotics

Topics: FDA Warnings | Hypnotics | Insomnia | News of Note | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharmacology | Psychopharmacology Tips | Sleep

The FDA rarely issues absolute contraindications, but that’s where their language is tilting in a new warning on Z-Hypnotics. We look at the data behind their decision and offer six tips for safer prescribing of sleep medications.

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Ask The Editor

Is Paxil the Best SSRI for Anxiety?

Topics: Antidepressants | Anxiety | Anxiety Disorder | Generalized Anxiety Disorder | Panic Disorder | Pharmaceutical Industry | Pharmacology | Pharmacology Tips | Practice Tools and Tips | Psychopharm Myths | Psychopharmacology | Psychopharmacology Tips | PTSD | Social Anxiety Disorder | SSRIs

Paxil built its reputation as the best SSRI for anxiety, but the data suggests the opposite.

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Research Update

Is There a Case for Cannabis in the Treatment of Pain?

Topics: Cannabidiol | Cannabis | Marijuana | Opioids | Pain | Research | Research Update

Many patients report that marijuana improves their pain. Their experience has a grain of truth to it, but not enough to classify cannabis as an analgesic.

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CME Post-Test

CME Post-Test - How to Talk about Medication, TCPR, September 2019

Topics: CME Post-Test

The post-test for this issue is available for one year after the publication date to subscribers. By successfully completing the test you will be awarded a certificate for 1 CME credit.

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