Side Effects

Research Update

Varenicline and Bupropion: Soaring Again With EAGLES?

Topics: Addiction | Addiction Treatment | Bupropion | Chantix | Co-occurring disorders | Dual diagnosis | FDA Warnings | Medication | Pharmacology | Research | Research Update | Side Effects | Smoking Cessation | Smoking Cessation Agents | Substance Use | Substance use disorders | Suicidality | Suicide | Tobacco | Varenicline | Wellbutrin

Review of: Anthenelli RM et al, Lancet 2016;387(10037):2507–2520 Varenicline (Chantix) and bupropion (Zyban and others) are effective treatments for tobacco use disorder, but their use (and sales) took a big hit in 2009 when the FDA slapped both with black box warnings linking them to psychiatric complications, including suicidal ideation. Although

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How to Treat Tardive Dyskinesia

Topics: Amantadine | Austedo | Deutetrabenazine | Ginkgo | Ingrezza | Keppra | Levetiracetam | Melatonin | Psychopharmacology | Psychopharmacology Tips | Side Effects | Tardive dyskinesia | Valbenazine | Vitamin B6 | Vitamin E | VMAT2 Inhibitors

Your patient is a 56-year-old male who recovered from a difficult-to-treat depression 4 years ago after quetiapine was added to his citalopram. As he talks, you notice that his fingers are tapping in a rapid, random pattern and his feet are wiggling. When questioned, he explains, “I just do that when I’m anxious.” Should you stop the antipsychotic

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Antipsychotic Maintenance: How Long is Enough?

Topics: Antidepressant Augmentation | Antidepressants | Antipsychotics | Bipolar Disorder | Deprescribing | Depression | Depressive Disorder | Mania | Metabolic syndrome | Mood Stabilizers | olanzapine | Psychopharmacology | Psychopharmacology Tips | Risperidone | Side Effects | Tardive dyskinesia

Your 58-year-old patient started risperidone to augment lithium 2 years ago. It got her out of a severe mania, and she has stayed well since then. Now she’s worried about long-term risks and wondering if it’s time to come off. Augmentation with an atypical antipsychotic may offer rapid relief from mania and depression, but antipsychotics’ potenti

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Expert Q&A

Medication Side Effects Part II: Weight Gain, Akathisia, Hair Loss, and Orthostasis

Topics: Akathisia | Falls | Hair loss | Orthostasis | Pharmacology Tips | Psychopharmacology Tips | Side Effects | Weight Loss Medications

Editor’s note: In the June/July issue, Dr. Mago shared a sampling of his strategies for nausea, sweating, and dry mouth. We wrap up that conversation here with a few more tips on managing side effects. Weight gain TCPR: What’s your approach to antipsychotic-induced weight gain? Dr. Mago: Prevention is better than treatment. So, when possible, we

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Expert Q&A

Medication Side Effects: Nausea, Sweating, and Dry Mouth

Topics: Pharmacology | Pharmacology Tips | Side Effects

TCPR: What’s the best way to manage side effects: lower the dose of the current medication or use an antidote? Dr. Mago: If the patient can stay well on a lower dose, that’s usually my first approach. Most side effects are dose related. TCPR: For the rest of this interview, we’ll assume that lowering the dose or changing the medication was not

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