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Asthma Drug Singulair Causes Nightmares, Depression in Children and Adults

September 25, 2017

Dutch researchers have confirmed that the asthma drug Singulair (montelukast) has serious side effects, including depression, nightmares and even sleepwalking in some children and adults.

Their study, published in Pharmacology Research & Perspectives, is a meta-analysis of data from both the Netherlands Pharmacovigilance Center Lareb and the WHO Continue Reading →

Quick Hits: Big Rise in Hospitalizations for Kids with Opioid Side Effects & Persistent Pain Linked to Memory Decline in Seniors

September 21, 2017
Quick Hits: Americans Open to Non-Drug Pain Treatments, Psychiatric Drugs’ Impact on Cognition and Epilepsy Drugs and Pregnancy

Big Rise in Hospitalizations for Kids With Opioid Side Effects Researchers have found that young children are experiencing the harmful side effects of opioid painkillers at an increased rate. The research team collected data on adolescent hospital stays and examined children from 1 month to 17 years old. The preliminary Continue Reading →

Antidepressant Use Not as Risky for People with Heart Disease

September 20, 2017

In a surprising finding, researchers at Canada’s McMaster University have concluded that antidepressants can cause cardiovascular problems in people who are otherwise healthy, but seem to have no serious effects on patients who already have heart disease.

The researchers did a meta-analysis of data from 17 studies Continue Reading →

New Study Shows No Increase in Birth Defects Due to Use of Antidepressants During Pregnancy

September 19, 2017

Does the use of antidepressants during pregnancy lead to birth defects? Researchers in the 1970s said yes, but a new study by researchers at Yale refutes that finding.

The earlier studies found that the use of antidepressants — specifically diazepam and chlordiazepoxide — during the first trimester of pregnancy led Continue Reading →

Quick Hits: Americans Open to Non-Drug Pain Treatments, Psychiatric Drugs’ Impact on Cognition & More

September 14, 2017
Quick Hits: Americans Open to Non-Drug Pain Treatments, Psychiatric Drugs’ Impact on Cognition and Epilepsy Drugs and Pregnancy

Interest in non-drug pain treatment grows, impact of psychiatric drugs on cognition, and anti-epileptic drugs and pregnancy.

Half of Americans Misusing Prescription Drugs, Opioids

September 13, 2017
Half of Americans Misusing Prescription Drugs, Opioids

Over half of Americans are misusing prescription drugs by not taking them as directed by their doctor or taking other drugs not prescribed to them.

Diet Change More Effective Than Meds for Acid Reflux

September 12, 2017
Diet Change More Effective Than Meds for Acid Reflux

If you suffer from acid reflux and turn to medication for relief, new research indicates that a change in diet is more effective in reducing that burning sensation than drugs, but without the side effects.

People with laryngopharyngeal reflux – acid that travels up the esophagus to reach the throat Continue Reading →