Medications

Generic Drugs: Are They Safe and Effective? Part One

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The 1980’s and 90’s saw a boom in the development of psychiatric medications. The 20-year limit on their exclusive patents are now expiring, and more and more generic versions of these drugs are becoming available. Generic drugs are almost always cheaper than their brand name counterparts, so insurance companies insist on dispensing generics whenever possible. [...]

Generic Drugs: Are They Safe and Effective? Part Two

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More and more of the early psychiatric medications are reaching the end of their 20-year exclusive patents. That means still-effective drugs like Wellbutrin®, Lamictal® and Paxil® now have generic equivalents. These generics are cheaper, and of course the insurance companies insist that they be prescribed instead of the brand names. Part One of this two-part [...]

Questions and Answers: Antidepressants for Anxiety Disorders

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Antidepressants are often the medication of choice for addressing Anxiety Disorders. Antidepressants all work because they affect serotonin, an important neurotransmitter in the brain that acts as a chemical messenger. They were first developed for depression, and later were found to be effective for treating most types of Anxiety Disorders, too. Those taking antidepressants for [...]

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