Psychotropic medication

Clinical Update

Six Tips From Prescribing Psychotropics

Topics: Antipsychotic | Bupropion | Dosing | Lithium | olanzapine | Psychotropic medication | Side Effects

Every day we are faced with prescribing dilemmas that don’t have ready answers. Instant or extended release? Brand or generic? With food or without? How should we adjust dosing to account for drug interactions, age, gender, ethnicity, or genetic testing results? Our new textbook Prescribing Psychotropics: From Drug Interactions to Pharmacogenetics is

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Research Update

Which Medications Have the Lowest Risk of Side Effects?

Topics: Antidepressants | Antipsychotics | Lithium | Mood Stabilizers | Psychotropic medication | Side Effects | Stimulants

REVIEW OF: Solmi M et al, World Psychiatry 2020;19(2):214–232 Adverse effects are important considerations when choosing psychotropic medications, especially in children and adolescents. This study pooled available research to compare the safety profiles of various psychotropics used in the pediatric population. The authors screened thousands of st

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How to Select an SSRI

Topics: Antidepressants | Citalopram | Escitalopram | Fluoxetine | Prozac | Psychopharmacology | Psychotropic medication | Serotonin Specific Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs) | Sertraline | SSRIs

On March 14, 2012, Lexapro became the last SSRI to lose its patent, closing the book on a quarter century of science and marketing that changed and sometimes confused the way we think about antidepressants. Now that the unpublished studies have come to light and the incentives to favor one drug over another have dried up, it’s a good time to take a so

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