Risk Management

Clinical Update

The “Z-Drugs”: Safety Issues and Misuse Potential

Topics: Anxiety | Clinical practice | Deprescribing | Free Articles | Pharmacology | polypharmacy | prescribing patterns | Risk Management | Sleep | Sleep Disorders

Originally marketed as safer alternatives to benzodiazepines, the Z-drugs—eszopiclone (Lunesta), zaleplon (Sonata), and zolpidem (Ambien)—were considered devoid of misuse potential. But recent data and FDA warnings suggest we’ve been hitting the snooze on them for too long. Here, we review their risks and discuss safe prescribing. Medical risks

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Clinical Update

Muscle Relaxants: Sedatives Often Under the Radar

Topics: Clinical practice | Deprescribing | Opioids | Pain | Pharmacology | polypharmacy | prescribing patterns | Risk Management

Muscle relaxants are a diverse group of medications with varying mechanisms of action (see Commonly Prescribed Muscle Relaxants table below). They are indicated for short-term treatment (2–3 weeks) of acute, painful muscle spasms, as well as some chronic neurologic conditions associated with spasticity. However, many patients with chronic pain are on

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Article

Electronic Communication with Patients: Advantages and Risks

Topics: Risk Management

Do you use email to communicate with your patients? Chances are good that you don’t. One recent survey of psychiatrists found that just 5% routinely and 25% sometimes used email with patients (Koh S et al, J Psychiatr Pract 2013;19(3):254–263). This means that there is a significant disconnect between what we do and what patients want, as over 70% o

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Expert Q&A

Assessing Suicide Risk and Documenting Your Care

Topics: Risk Management

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Research Update

Botox Injections Work as Antidepressant

Topics: Research Update | Risk Management

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News of Note

Debate Rages On Over ‘Black Box’ Warning on Antidepressants

Topics: Antidepressants | News of Note | Risk Management

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Research Update

Family-School Intervention Can Reduce Adolescent Alcohol Use

Topics: Risk Management | Substance Abuse

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