Introduction to Medications

As used in this website, the term ‘medication’ refers to a drug or other chemical compound that is administered into the body and which effects the body in a beneficial way, typically by relieving symptoms, or acting to remove or reduce causes of illness. There are lots of chemicals and drugs in existence, but not all of them are medications.

Medications — In The News
Nearly 1 in 10 Adults Skips Meds Due to Cost, CDC Says

THURSDAY, Jan. 29, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Nearly one in 10 American adults don't take their medications as prescribed because they can't afford to, health officials reported Thursday. High drug costs in the United States may be hurting the very people the medications are meant to help, the new report... Read More

Study Underscores Power of Placebo Effect

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study -- this one involving patients with Parkinson's disease -- adds another layer of insight to the well-known "placebo effect." That's the phenomenon in which people's symptoms improve after taking an inactive substance simply because they believe the treatment... Read More

Text Messages Remind People to Take Medications

FRIDAY, Dec. 5, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Text reminders improve the chances that patients will stick with their medication regimen, a new study finds. About one-third of people don't take their medications as prescribed, either because they forget or because they're uncertain about the benefits or potential harms of the... Read More

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Weblog Entries
Psychotropic Medications: Too Many Choices, Not Enough Innovation

Did you know that there has not been a truly unique psychotropic drug (that works) to surface in the last 30 years? “Nonsense!” you might be thinking. It... Read More

Non Prescription Pain Medications, SSRI's And Depression

Two articles recently appeared about the potential health risks of ordinary pain medications. 1. Michael Wolf, PhD, a researcher and Associate Professor of medicine at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School... Read More

The Quick Fix

The Quick Fix There is good news and bad news in the field of mental health. The good news is that more people are using psychiatric medications. This is according... Read More