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Abilify from the Inside Out (2015-04-20) — Editorial Note:  This is part 2 of Johanna Ryan's series that started with Dodging Abilify .  Parts 3 and 4 and perhaps 5 will appear over the next few weeks.  Abilify is at present the best-selling drug in North America - how come? In last week’s column, Dodging Abilify, I described the fan-club enthusiasm for this…

Dodging Abilify (2015-04-14) — Editorial Note:  This post is by Johanna Ryan, who has a unique ability to capture the American Nightmare  The best-selling drug in the United States isn’t a blood pressure pill, a painkiller or even an antidepressant.  It’s Abilify, an antipsychotic agent with $6.3 billion in 2013 sales.  Granted, Abilify isn’t the most…

Becoming Suicidal on an Antibiotic (2015-04-11) — Editorial Note: The last post on Lariam and suicide mentioned an alternate treatment for malaria prophylaxis - doxycycline. Doxycycline is not without its problems,  It can cause suicide - Suicide is Painless .  It and other tetracycline antibiotics can also cause sexual dysfunction including enduring…

Antibiotics: Suicide & Psychosis (2015-04-06) — Editorial Note:  This is the transcript of a program broadcast as The Lariam Legacy on BBC Radio on March 31 2015.  The narrator is  Victoria Derbyshire .  The featured drug is the anti-microbial Lariam, mefloquine.  Mefloquine is closely related to the Fluoroquinolone's Levaquin and Cipro. See previous RxISK posts…

Pilots and Antidepressants (2015-03-30) —   Editorial Note:  This post is by Julie Wood the central figure behind SSRI Stories in its current incarnation. SSRI Stories  has collected and posted 47 stories about pilots flying and crashing while on antidepressants. The majority are airplanes but several of the crashes involve helicopters. With the…

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