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What, you can’t read my mind? Then why am I wearing foil on my head? OK, here’s how to move around. At least on real computers, laptops, and high-end mobile devices like tablets. If you’re using a smart or not-so-smart phone you shouldn’t even see this section or be reading the pages in this format, but the wiki software isn’t 100% accurate in determining the type of device you have. Let’s take a look at the home page. I’ll explain the features in courier font around a handy screen capture of the home/introductory page.
|Each page is divided into three columns. The center has the actual content, if any.|
Most pages (e.g. this page) have a table of contents that allow you to jump to a specific area of interest.
Many pages (again, like the page you are now reading) also have links to subsequent pages that are part of a larger article at the top right of the page.
These links are blue, underlined, use < and > to indicate more pages, and after the first page will have a link to an index page.
|These are links to|
different parts of the site.
The links are white
and aren’t underlined.
The page you are on is
usually orange and bold.
If you resized a page, like I did for this screen capture, or otherwise changed the format, the current page is just bold.
Below the ads are the
“about this site” type links.
|Links to the site’s Facebook page and group, and my Google+ profile.|
These are links to other sites.
The links are blue and underlined.
The right sidebar also has links to sites for Crazy Meds merchandise.
Further down are options to change the display format.
If you decide to change the colors the link colors throughout each page may change.
|Links in the content section are blue and underlined.|
- See the “Hide ↓|” above the left and right sidebars (columns)? That’s right, you can toggle between hiding and showing them.
- We have two search bars. Why? Because each one has it’s advantages and disadvantages.
- The first one, to the right of the Crazy Meds logo, is for searching this collection of wiki pages. Pros: It’s very fast and way more flexible than the Google search. Cons: It does not look at any content from the Crazy Meds forum, PI sheets, or other documents.
- The Google search bar allows you to search the entire site, including the forum and .pdf documents; or even the web, because you don’t have access to Google anywhere else. It’s a little slower than the wiki software’s built-in search, nor does the Google search have the flexibility of wild cards.
- Searching on the forum is similar. Google has access to everything, while the forum search tool is way more flexible, although buggy as hell.
- In the upper right corner are simple ways to control the text size using the - 0 + buttons. 0 is the default size, while + and - make the text incrementally larger and smaller respectively. Above them is the toggle Big View / Normal View. Big View sets the font size to 110%, Normal view is 90%.
- If you still have control issues, just look on the right sidebar, below the links to other sites, and there are options to change the color scheme, typeface, and width. In case you decide that the one I use, which is the default for this skin/template, sucks the least, just click on the default button and you’ll be back to what is normally used. More or less.
- The wiki software and the more recent versions of the browsers used most to read this site2 are usually smart enough to fit whatever page you’re looking at to windows that are at least 800 pixels wide if you change the size of the window. If that doesn’t happen, or for whatever other reason you need to, the option is there to fix the width to one of three specified sizes (800, 1024, or 1280 pixels) regardless of what size the window happens to be.
- The History link shows you all the changes made to whatever page you’re on. Every single one.
- If you’re a member of the Crazy Meds Forum and are logged in you’ll also see options to log in and log out of the wiki. Just ignore those. I’ll get them to work Real Soon Now.
- At the end of each article - and right here for demonstration purposes - there is usually a group of links to share the page via various social networking sites. It’s up to you to consider this a feature that is helpful to you, me, or both of us. Spreading the word about Crazy Meds helps me a lot, so if you like what you read, please share one of the very few things about brain cooties that is contagious.
- At the very top of each page, to the right of the wiki search bar, are buttons to give the page a +1 on Google+ and a Facebook like. Giving each page you like one or both of those really helps me.
- You might notice a bit of a discrepancy in the numbers on the example page. While Facebook can find slight URL variants Google can’t, so I have no idea what happens if you +1 a page that you’re looking at on a mobile device or what. Don’t let that stop you! I’ll take what I can get.
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The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from. - Andy Tanenbaum3
Like PI sheets (full prescribing information, AKA what’s in the Physician’s Desk Reference(PDR), AKA those 7-to-70+ page .pdf files on a med’s website and this one, AKA what you might get with samples of a med but rarely get with your prescriptions), our drug guides come in two formats: an old one marginally updated to fit the wiki software, and a new, “improved” model.
- The marginally updated format. As of this writing most of the meds are written up this way.
- The Basic Overview Page is the first page in the latest of a series of Crazy Meds’ multipage drug guides. It’s not all that much different than the old, single-page format, except it has lots of links to the following pages that have more detail about specific subjects:
- More Brand Names & Generic Availability All the names for a drug we can find, if and where it is available as a generic, any known problems with generic versions or preferred generics, how it is supplied (tablet, injection, etc.), shelf life, drug classes.
- More Approved & Off-label Uses More information about approvals and off-label uses, including failed and dangerous ones, and when it’s a good or a bad idea to take the med.
- More on How Long & How Likely To Work, Comparisons with Other Meds More details on efficacy, including off-label uses, and comparisons with other meds for approved and off-label uses.
- More on How to Take and Discontinue As much detailed information as we can find, including tips for and symptoms of discontinuation.
- More Pros & Cons, and Interesting Stuff Your Doctor Didn’t Tell You More details, what a med is best known for (e.g. Lamictal = Rash) and noted traits that aren’t as well known.
- More Side Effects More details, along with ways to deal with the side effects.
- Black Box & Other Warnings The scary parts of the PI sheets: Black box warnings, other warnings and contraindications, pregnancy category, and drug-whatever interactions that you really need to be concerned about.
- More Pharmacokinetics & Drug-Whatever Interactions The stuff only pharmacology geeks care about.
- More Methods of Action/How it Works See above.
- More Comments In case we need to ramble on about more stuff from any of the above pages.
- Consumer Comments Whatever you have to say about the drug.
- Useful Links Mostly official sites, PI sheets from outside of the US, and consumer reviews.
- Bibliography Books, journal articles and anything else used as source material. Articles available online that were linked to directly, such as those used to compare the efficacy of different drugs, may not be listed here as I’m counting the link in the article as a cite.
- Comprehensive Pages All of the above grouped together on two pages, but with a lot less explanatory material.
1 This site is free, so quit complaining about all the advertising.
2 For anyone interested in this sort of thing the approximate usage is: Safari 30%, Chrome 21%, Internet Explorer 20%, Firefox 16%
3 Also attributed to Admiral Grace Hopper
How to Navigate Crazy Meds and Read Our Drug Guides by Jerod Poore is copyright © 2011
Author: Jerod Poore. Date created: 31 July 2011 Last edited by: Jerod Poore on: July 04, 2013, at 11:28 AM
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All rights reserved. No warranty is expressed or implied in this information. Consult one or more doctors and/or pharmacists before taking, or changing how you take any neurological and/or psychiatric medication. Your mileage may vary. What happened to us won’t necessarily happen to you. If you still have questions about a medication or condition that were not answered on any of the pages you read, please ask them on the Crazy Meds Forum.
The information on Crazy Meds pertains to and is intended for adults. While some information about children and adolescents is occasionally presented (e.g. US FDA approvals), pediatric-specific data such as dosages, side effects, off-label applications, etc. are rarely included in the articles on drugs or discussed on the forum. If you are looking for information regarding meds for children you’ll have to go somewhere else.
Know your sources!
Nobody on this site is a doctor, a therapist, or a pharmacist. We don’t portray them either here or on TV. Only doctors can diagnose and treat an illness. While it’s not as bad as it used to be, some doctors still get pissed off by patients who know too much about medications, so tread lightly when and where appropriate. Diagnosing yourself from a website is like defending yourself in court, you suddenly have a fool for a doctor. Don’t be a cyberchondriac, thinking you have every disease you see a website about, or that you’ll get every side effect from every medication1. Self-prescribing is as dangerous as buying meds from fraudulent online pharmacies that promise you medications without prescriptions.
All information on this site has been obtained through our personal experience and the experiences family, friends, what people have reported on various reputable sites all over teh intergoogles, the medications’ product information / summary of product characteristic (PI/SPC) sheets, and from sources that are referenced throughout the site. As such the information presented here is not intended as a substitute for real medical advice from your real doctor, just a compliment to it. You should never, ever, replace what a real doctor tells you with something from a website on the Internet. The farthest you should ever take it is getting a second opinion from another real doctor. Educate yourself - always read the PI/SPC sheet or patient information leaflet (PIL) that comes with your medications and never ever throw them away.
Crazy Meds is not responsible for the content of sites we provide links to. We like them, or they’re paid advertisements, or they’re something else we think you should read to help you make an informed decision about a particular med. Sometimes they’re more than one of those things. But what’s on those sites is their business, not ours.
All brand names of the drugs listed in this site are the trademarks of the companies named on the PI/SPC sheet associated with the medication, sometimes on the pages about the drugs, even though those companies may have been acquired by other companies who may or may not be listed in this site by the time you read this. Or the rights to the drug were sold to another company. And any or all of the companies involved may have changed their names.
Crazy Meds is optimized for the browser you’re not using on the platform you wish you had. Between you and me, it all looks a lot cleaner using Safari or Chrome, although more than half of the visitors to this site use either Safari or Internet Explorer, so I’m doing my best to make things look nice for IE as well. I’m using Firefox and running Windows 72. On a computer that sits on top of my desk. With a 23 inch monitor. Hey, at least you can make the text larger or smaller by clicking on the + or - buttons in the upper right hand corner. If you have Java enabled. Like 99% of the websites on the planet, Crazy Meds is hosted on domain running an open source operating system with a variety of open source applications, including the software used to display what you’ve been reading. As such Crazy Meds is not responsible for whatever weird shit your browser does or does not do when you read this site3.
No neurologists, psychiatrists, therapists or pharmacists were harmed in the production of this website. Use only as directed. Void where prohibited. Contains nuts. Certain restrictions may apply. All data are subject to availability. Not available on all mobile devices, in the 12 Galaxies Guiltied to a Zegnatronic Rocket Society, or in all dimensions of reality.
‘Everything is true, nothing is permitted.’ - Jerod Poore
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]