Are benzodiazepines safe to take every day?

Are benzodiazepines safe? The answer is yes; benzodiazepines are safe when taken as directed over a short period of time. Benzodiazepines are a commonly prescribed type of tranquilizer. They help with moderating insomnia, panic, and anxiety or before minor surgery. How long can you take benzodiazepines safely? Do not plan on...

Are antidepressants during pregnancy safe? The answer is in your DNA

There are risks and benefits with taking any medication. Women are understandably concerned about the safety of antidepressants and wonder if they should continue taking them during pregnancy. Worries over drugs' impact on the fetus may lead to discontinuation of anxiety or depression medication. Although some antidepressants can affect...

Genetics and ASD: How DNA testing can guide autism treatment

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a common neurodevelopmental disorder that arises due to various genetic variations. Recent genomic studies identified the role of structural DNA changes in hundreds of genes conferring ASD risk. Although there are no medications that can cure the core symptoms of autism, medication may help...

Feeling depressed while taking montelukast? Link between asthma and depression.

Depression and anxiety are common among asthma patients. Stress can exacerbate wheezing and coughing and make you feel more anxious, which only ramps up asthma symptoms. Depending on the severity of asthma symptoms, it can have adverse effects on the quality of everyday life, leading to feelings of stress...

Pain and depression drugs not working? Antidepressants can interfere with opioids

Pharmacists have been long aware of the risks of combining certain pain and depression drugs. Many common antidepressants can significantly reduce the pain relief of opioid painkillers. A recent large-scale study of people who were taking antidepressants and received opioids after surgery had higher pain scores as much as...

TECTA: use of proton pump inhibitors can increase the risk of COVID-19 infection

Updated November 2020 A recent study  pre-published by the American Journal of Gastroenterology has identified a connection between the use of Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) and the risk of COVID-19 infections. The risk of contracting the infection appears to increase with the PPI dose. Here we describe how a pharmacogenetic test can...

Precision medicine of menopause and depression: treating hot flashes with antidepressants

Many women experience unpleasant symptoms leading up to, during, and after menopause. It is not uncommon to have hot flashes, insomnia and depression. Hot flashes can cause substantial physical and psychological discomfort. There are medical treatments available for women experiencing severe symptoms, including hormone therapy, antidepressants, and even antiepileptic...

Reduced thyroid function and depression: a personalized medicine approach

Reduced thyroid function or hypothyroidism frequently develops unnoticed until more severe symptoms manifest themselves. It is estimated that 12% of the population in North America have abnormal thyroid function, and 60% of these individuals are unaware they have the condition. It’s a complex condition that can be caused by...

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