Medications in Brief: Zyprexa

Zyprexa, the brand name for olanzapine, is an atypical antipsychotic that has been available in the United States for about twenty years. Structurally similar to clozapine (sold as Clozaril in the U.S.), Zyprexa is known to be an effective antipsychotic that also offers some efficacy as an adjunct in the treatment of depression. The manufacturer…

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Reduce Effectiveness of Some Antidepressants

A new study has found that some anti-inflammatory medications, including ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen, can reduce the effectiveness of SSRIs (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), the most commonly prescribed antidepressant medications. SSRIs are often used to treat depression, anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder. This could help explain why many people suffering from depression do not respond to…

Patients Experience More Side Effects from Depression Medication Than Psychiatrists Admit

A study from Rhode Island Hospital shows that patients report side effects from medication for the treatment of depression 20 times more than psychiatrists have recorded in charts. The researchers recommend the use of a self-administered patient questionnaire in clinical practice to improve the recognition of side effects for patients in treatment. The study is…

Some Antidepressants Bring Higher Risk of Developing Cataracts

A new statistical study has found that some antidepressant drugs are associated with an increased chance of developing cataracts. Researchers at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and McGill University conducted the study, based on a database of more than 200,000 Quebec residents aged 65 and older, that showed statistical relationships…