A lot of our information comes from direct personal experience, along with that of our friends’, and that of the many people who posted all the incarnations of the Crazy Meds forum various online support groups, consumer review sites, and the like - what’s known in the trade as anecdotal evidence. I had thought that all sites about meds skewed negative, but this study found that sites run by medical professionals were more neutral-to-positive about meds, so that makes me feel a lot better about the data I’ve gathered from them1. As I also gather data from sites that have nothing to do with medication and medical conditions, I’m pretty confident about both the size and spectrum of any online sampling I do. Most of them are not random sites either, but are targeted based on demographic data I’ve collected since I noticed people with certain brain cooties tend to participate in similar activities or have similar interests, and that some sites about those activities/interests have an off-topic area dedicated to the specific mental health issue (depression, anxiety, etc.), or migraines, epilepsy, whatever. Of course anyone with some other form of brain cooties would post something in that area, but you get the idea. I’d give some examples, but since Big Pharma refuses to buy any ads because I am, in the words of one Big Pharma ad buyer, “too unpredictable,” I’m not going to give them any leads to a shitload of potential customers for free.
We also sit on our asses all day long and do a bunch of research. We find a study that is of interest and we put a link to it or an article about it within the page on the med in question. So there are many specific articles and studies that we’ve referenced throughout this site, either by direct link to the source or by quaint footnotes. However there are a few works that we’ve built upon as a foundation, and that we also reference to check on certain things. This isn’t a static list. Paper is by far the superior medium, expensive though it may be.
Here are the key books, papers, and sites that comprise the foundation of what we know about neuropsychopharmacology.
Stahl’s Essential Psychopharmacology: Neuroscientific Basis and Practical Applications (Essential Psychopharmacology Series) Third edition by Stephen M. Stahl © 2008 Published by Cambridge University Press.
The Prescriber’s Guide (Essential Psychopharmacology Series) Third edition by Stephen Stahl © 2009 Published by Cambridge University Press.
Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs 18th edition Adil S. Virani, K. Bezchlibnyk-Butler, J. Jeffries © 2009 Published by Hogrefe & Huber Publishers.
Essential Neuropharmacology: The Prescriber’s Guide Stephen D. Silberstein, Michael J. Marmura © 2010 Published by Cambridge University Press.
Mosby’s Drug Consult 2007 (Generic Prescription Physician’s Reference Book Series) © 2007 An imprint of Elsevier. Also the 2004 edition, but only on pages that haven’t been fully updated yet.
Antiepileptic Drugs René H. Levy, Richard H. Mattson, Brian S. Meldrum, Emilio Perucca © 2003
Instant Psychopharmacology 2nd Edition Ronald J. Diamond MD © 2002. Published by W.W. Norton
Pharmacotherapy for Mood, Anxiety, and Cognitive Disorders Stuart A. Montgomery, Halbreich Uriel © 2000 Published by American Psychiatric Publishing
The Complete Guide to Psychiatric Drugs Edward Drummond, MD © 2000. Published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
PDR: Physicians’ Desk Reference 2010 64th edition back through to 53rd edition of 1999. Old copies of the PDR come in handy for PI sheets that are no longer available and difficult to find, as well as to track the changes in both indications and adverse effects.
The Bipolar Disorder Survival Guide David J. Miklowitz, Ph.D © 2002. Published by The Guilford Press.
Handbook of Affective Disorders edited by Eugene S. Paykel, MD FRCPsych
The New Chemotherapy in Mental Illness edited by Hirsch L. Gordon MD, Ph.D, FAPA © 1958 Philosophical Library, Inc. Published by Philosophical Library
Neurotransmitter.net Tons of information and research on psychiatric and neurological conditions, the drugs that treat them, and the rating scales used to measure the efficacy of said drugs. All neatly indexed and categorized to make it easy to make sense of a bunch of diverse information. I had no idea how much research was being done on hangovers until I hit this site. I knew doctors liked to party (considering that my stepfather is a vascular surgeon I had a first-hand look at how much doctors liked to party), but who knew they were getting grant money for it? A key site for patients, students and, most importantly, doctors of all stripes, shapes and sizes.
Sheldon Preskorn’s Applied Clinical Psychopharmacology Dr. Preskorn has authored over 300 scientific and professional articles, and many of them are available at this site, which is full of useful psychopharmacological data involving drug-drug interactions, methods of actions, clinical efficacies, pharmacokinetics and more written in a fairly accessible way. Dr. Preskorn has received continuous grant funding since 1978 for studies in the areas of psychopharmacology, neuroscience, and psychiatric illnesses. While most of the articles are at least ten years old, Dr. Preskorn is still publishing papers, so we might be seeing new material eventually. Regardless, he covers the basics of psychopharmacology in a way that makes sense, and the basics haven’t changed much.
PubMed You want studies, they got studies. Over 14 million citations covering 50 years of research. You’ll find the majority of my online cites reference a Pub Med URL. Especially helpful is PubMed Central, the repository of full-text articles and online books that are available free of charge. These are your tax dollars at work, people, make good use of them.
PLoS Medicine. The Public Library of Science is another great repository of free, peer-reviewed articles.
Google Scholar. For anything that may have slipped through the cracks of PubMed and PLoS. As with PubMed (but not PubMed Central or PLoS), not everything listed as a free full-text article is. Unlike PubMed, sometimes there are free full-text versions when it looks as if there isn’t. Whenever you see an option for “All # Versions”, click it, as there may be a link to a full-text version that didn’t make the main page for some reason. And if that link to a full-text version was a bait’n’switch job, maybe one of the other versions has the full text for free for real.
The PDSP Ki database All Ki values, all the time. These are the raw numbers used to determine the potency of certain aspects of medications, such as neurotransmitter reuptake inhibition.
Global RPh - I don’t know if they have everything you need to pass the MCATs and get you through medical school, but it sure seems that way.
Is low antiepileptic drug dose effective in long-term seizure-free patients? Tânia A.M.O. Cardoso; Fernando Cendes; Carlos A.M. Guerreiro Arquivos de Neuro-Psiquiatria vol.61 no.3A Sept. 2003
Monoamine depletion by reuptake inhibitors Marty Hinz; Alvin Stein; Thomas Uncini Drug, Healthcare and Patient Safety, October 2011 - Dove Press
And to give you an idea of what the Crazy Meds library looks like:
The Crazy Meds Library’s “top tier” books.
An older, clearer shot of the “second tier” books.
And a shot of some of the old medical texts I collect. That really battered one is a version of the PDR from the late 19th century. You think your side effects are bad today? Little wonder why many epileptics chose the accepted the alternative therapy of the day: bland foods, lukewarm baths, isolation from society, and celibacy2 instead of the available meds. Just like the ketogenic diet it supposedly worked better the younger one began. Now how many monks and nuns had religious visions?
2 Wait a minute, I'm on a highly restrictive diet, I live on the fringes of civilization and I'll not interact with another person - even over teh interwebs - for weeks at a time, I'll soak in the tub for a couple of hours, and I haven't been laid in… what year is this? W. was still President and the economy hadn't tanked the last time I had any fun, and I haven't been in anything close to a relationship with regular congress since 2004. I can tell you, it doesn't work all that well. If my Topamax levels get hosed by a funky generic I'll have an aura or wake up with a seizure hangover.
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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?
[begin rant] I rent a dedicated server for Crazy Meds. It’s sitting on a rack somewhere in Southern California along with a bunch of other servers that other people have rented. The hardware is identical, but no two machines have exactly the same operating systems. I don’t even need to see what is on any of the others to know this. If somebody got their server at the exact same time, with the exact same features as I did, I’m confident that there would be noticeable differences in some aspects of the operating systems. So what does this mean? For one thing it means that no two computers in the same office of a single company have the same operating system, and the techs can spend hours figuring out what the fuck the problem could be based on that alone. It also means that application software like IP board that runs the forum here has to have so many fucking user-configurable bells and whistles that even when I read the manual I can’t find every setting, or every location that every flag needs to be set in order for a feature to run the way I want it to run. And in the real world it means you can get an MBA not only with an emphasis on resource planning, but with an emphasis on using SAP - a piece of software so complex there are now college programs on how to use it. You might think, “But don’t people learn how to use Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator in college?” Sure, in order to create stuff. And in a way you’re creating stuff with SAP. But do you get a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis on Photoshop?
Back in the Big Iron Age the operating systems were proprietary, and every computer that took up an entire room with a raised floor and HVAC system, and had less storage and processing power than an iPhone, had the same operating system as every other one, give or take a release level. But when a company bought application software like SAP, they also got the source code, which was usually documented and written in a way to make it easy to modify the hell out of it. Why? Because accounting principles may be the same the world over, and tax laws the same across each country and state, but no two companies have the same format for their reports, invoices, purchase orders and so forth. Standards existed and were universally ignored. If something went wrong it went wrong the same way for everyone, and was easy to track down. People didn’t need to take a college course to learn how to use a piece of software.
I’m not against the open source concept entirely. Back then all the programmers read the same magazines, so we all had the same homebrew utilities. We even had a forerunner of QR Code to scan the longer source code. Software vendors and computer manufacturers sponsored conventions so we could, among other things, swap recipes for such add-ons and utilities. While those things would make our lives easier, they had nothing to do with critical functions of the operating system. Unless badly implemented they would rarely cause key application software to crash and burn. Whereas today, with open source everything, who the hell knows what could be responsible some part of a system failing. [/end rant]