Medicated For Your Protection
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Miscellaneous medications come in two flavors. The first is crazy meds with approvals to treat non-psychiatric and non-neurological conditions, or are prescribed off-label so commonly they may as well have FDA-approval to treat that condition. The second is the flip side: drugs approved primarily for non-psychiatric and non-neurological indications and are used off-label to treat various brain cooties, or are approved to treat psychiatric or neurological conditions, but that usage is way down on the list. Meds from the latter group should appear on condition-specific pages as well.
Including drugs with such approvals in other countries, such as Yentreve (duloxetine) that is approved in the EU for stress urinary incontinence. When they do have FDA approval for such a completely different use the drug company will often sell the med under a different name in the US, like Zyban (bupropion), which is nothing more than Wellbutrin SR repackaged for smoking cessation.
|Brand/Trade name||generic name||Use/Indication||Approved or Off-Label?|
|Botox1||onabotulinumtoxinA||Smoothing wrinkles, severe underarm sweating||Approved|
|Horizant||extended-release gabapentin||RLS - which will be a med class eventually.||Approved|
|Thorazine||chlorpromazine||Intractable hiccoughs, Severe nausea & vomiting, Tetanus, Porphyria||Approved|
|Tofranil||imipramine HCl||Nocturnal enuresis (bed wetting)2||Approved|
|Valium||diazepam||Muscle spasms due to trauma, inflammation, tetanus||Approved|
|Yentreve||duloxetine||Stress urinary incontinence||Approved in Europe, off-label in US|
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Medicated For Your Protection
3. Boring Meds for the Mentally Interesting
|Brand/Trade name||generic name||Typical Use/Indication||Use/Indication||Approved or Off-Label?|
|AcetaZOLAMIDE3||acetazolamide||Glaucoma, Acute mountain sickness, Drug-induced edema||Epilepsy||Approved|
|Calan||verapamil||High blood pressure, Angina, heart arrhythmia, etc.||Bipolar Disorder, Migraine prophylaxis||Off-label|
|Inderal||propranolol||High blood pressure, Angina, assorted heart conditions||Migraine prophylaxis, Social anxiety||Migraines: Approved, Social anxiety: Off-label|
|Serpasil||reserpine4||High blood pressure||Schizophrenia||Approved|
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2 While TCAs, NSRIs like Strattera and reboxetine, and some SNRIs like Cymbalta are especially good at keeping you from pissing your pants - I've yet to wake up with a seizure hangover needing to wash the sheets since I've been taking protriptyline - I honestly think this is was backdoor approval to treat pediatric depression. As if a diagnosis of clinical bed wetting wasn't depressing enough to make a kid suicidal.
3 The branded generic AcetaZOLAMIDE has FDA approval to treat epilepsy. Brand Diamox and generic acetazolamide do not. Now do you understand why I keep using the term "crazy meds"?
4 As I write all over the place, reserpine was the very first modern antipsychotic, first synthesized in India in 1937, thus predating Thorazine (chlorpromazine) by a decade. Bigotry, and difficulties caused by the South Asian Independence Movement and WWII kept it from being more than a barely standardized extract of the world's first antipsychotic: rauwolfia serpentina AKA Indian Snakeroot, AKA Sarpagandhi, which has been used in Ayurveda since Forever BCE. These days reserpine is a third-line blood pressure drug.
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1 While there are plenty of books to help you with hypochondria, for some reason there’s not much in the way of websites. Then again, staying off of the Internet is a large part of curing/managing the disorder.
2 Remember kids, Microsloth operating systems are like TOS Star Trek movies with in that every other one sucks way, way more. With TOS Star Trek movies you don’t want to bother watching the odd-numbered ones. With Microsloth OS you don’t want to buy and install the even-numbered ones. Anyone who remembers ME and Vista knows what I mean.
3 Have I mentioned how open source operating systems for commercial applications is one of the dumbest ideas in the history of dumb ideas?* I don’t even need my big-ass rant any more. Heartbleed has made my case for me. And that’s just the one that got all the media attention. The very nature of an open source operating system makes security as much of an illusion of anonymity. Before you flip out too much: the domain Crazymeds is hosted on uses a version of SSL that is not affected by the Heartbleed bug. That’s one of the many reasons why I pay a lot of money and keep this site on Lunarpages.
* Yes, I know I’m using open source browsers. I also test the site using the now-defunct IE and Safari browsers. Their popularity - and superiority - killed IE and Safari, so that’s why I rely on the open source browsers. It’s like brand vs. generic meds. Sometimes the generic is better than the brand.