Author - Ruslan Dorfman

Considering stopping Zoloft or Zyprexa due to side effects? PGx testing can help you continue treatment and reduce the risk of relapse

Key points to remember:If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with psychotic depression, treatment may involve both antidepressant and antipsychotic medications. Continued treatment with Zoloft (sertraline) and Zyprexa (olanzapine) can be effective in preventing relapses versus discontinuing treatment when a patient is considered stable. Doctors can...

Antidepressants not working: four alternative medications your doctor should consider

The treatment and diagnosis of mental health conditions is posing challenges for family physicians. Patients with symptoms of anxiety and depression frequently do not respond to antidepressants leading to multiple trials with different drugs. Only when a patient has failed several drug trials s/he is referred to psychiatrist for...

Preparing for cancer surgery: what you need to know to maximize the success of your treatment

A cancer diagnosis hits hard, but despite the stress all patients must learn about their treatment options in order to have fully informed discussions with an oncologist and other specialists on treatment options. If your treatment plan includes surgery to remove a tumor there are a few things you...

Arthritis pain? The Best Meds for Relief Are…

What all osteoarthritis and arthritis sufferers know is that this condition can severely affect your ability to lead an active life. Its trademarks are stiff and swollen joints, and lots of limiting pain.Standard treatments for relief of pain and stiffness call for cortisol injections, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), chondroitin,...

Comparison of antidepressants’ effectiveness and side effects – pharmacogenetics to assist in therapy selection

Reviewed by Alison Wong, RPH.Patients suffering from depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental health conditions are frequently facing significant antidepressant side effects and often have a hard time finding the right dose or drug. When the medication is ineffective or the side effects become intolerable, patients...

What is the difference between a drug allergy and drug intolerance?

All medications have the potential to cause side effects such as nausea, dizziness, stomach upset, rashes, and other issues. Pills contain ingredients which are supposed to improve a medication’s taste, color, absorption, or shelf life. Some of these chemicals are allergenic and can cause allergic reactions. Active ingredients of...

What alternative anxiety medication can be used if you cannot tolerate an SSRI?

Reviewed by Alison Wong, RPH.Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) is generally treated with Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs). First line SSRIs for GAD treatment include citalopram, escitalopram and sertraline. Clinical trials show response rates of 50% to 60%, remission rates between 25% and 35% and a significant proportion of patients...

New treatments for treatment resistant depression: exercise, healthy diet, and ketamine.

Major depressive disorder, or MDD, affects 10-15% of people over their lifetime. The current standard of care includes cognitive behavioral therapy and several classes of medications, mainly Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), and tricyclic antidepressants (TCAs). The combination of cognitive behavioral therapy and medical...