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1.  Navigating Crazymeds

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, and you need to have java & javascript enabled. Not all of the clutter features will be available If you’re using a smart or not-so-smart phone, and the pages won’t look like what you see here. But the wiki software isn’t 100% accurate in determining the type of device you have, and you may not like software making that sort of decision for you. Either way you can change it on the Select Display Theme page, which is the second link on the navigation bar.

1.1  Take it from the Top

First the The top of all pages will look essentially the same:

Click on the Site Logo to return to the home page.The wiki software has a great Search feature,Big View and Normal View toggle text size
between 110% and 90%.
Below the logo are buttons for G+ and Facebook sharing.but it works only on the wiki.Text Size + - is finer tuning. 0 sets it to 110%.
You can toggle displaying the Navigation SideBar.The Google Search isn’t as sophisticated as the wiki’s,You can toggle displaying the Right SideBar
Breadcrumb trail links to the home page and group.
The page you are on is orange and bold.
but it searches the wiki, Crazy Talk forum and
our collection of PI sheets and other documents.
History lets you see all revisions to a page.

Another common feature is the banner ad across the top. Just above or below the ad is often a link to other pages of a multi-page article. Like the one on the page you’re now reading.

1.2  Sidelined

No matter what skin you use, there’s always going to be a navigation bar. For some mobile devices that may be across the top of the page or on a separate page. For tablets, laptops and real computers it will be on the left side. There’s also a right sidebar, which is available to anyone using the Triad skin1. If you haven’t noticed it elsewhere in the site, click on the superscript number after “skin” in the previous sentence to go directly to the footnote.

The Left, or Navigation Sidebar has links to different parts of the site.

The links are white and aren’t underlined, and page you are on is orange and bold.
Most of the links above the ads are to pages about classes / categories of medication, while those below the ads are mainly to “about this site” type pages.

  The Right Sidebar is a hodgepodge of crap.

At the top is the Beg Button.
With the increased use of ad-blocking plugins and my policy to run text-only ads on pages that migraineurs, the epileptic, and anyone else bothered by flashing lights and weird noises are more likely to visit, ad revenue isn’t what it used to be.
You’ll see the Beg Button all over the site. Sorry.
If you need to get all touchy-feely support-groupie, hit the Crazy Talk forum, or Crazymeds’ Facebook group.

No to donate? That’s OK But following me or Crazymeds and liking/sharing/+1ing the pages you like helps just as much as cash. Plus it keeps you up-to-date on site announcements. Such as they are.

Almost all of the links on the Right Sidebar are to places other than the wiki, with most of those on other domains.
On the Right Sidebar, and throughout the rest of the site, all links are blue and underlined. It doesn’t matter if they are to other pages on the wiki, or to sites on other domains

Then we have links to sites that probably suck a lot less than Crazymeds.
The sites are grouped into three broad categories.
Community, Info & Support are mostly support-group type sites, along with informational sites geared towards consumers.
Critique are blogs about various aspects of the brain cooties industry.
Research are a subset of the sites you’ll find on the General Bibliography page. I’m frequently asked about good research sites. There they are.

Scroll down far enough and you’ll hit the bottom of the interminably long Right Sidebar. This is where you can change the color and font scheme.
As I’ve been messing with all sorts of crap in the style sheets and templates, I do not promise these will still work as expected.
They seem to. For me, at least.
The glossary function is a bit off until you move to another page.

2.  Using Crazymeds’ Features

Built into the wiki software are several features available to you. You’ll need to have JavaScript activated in order to use some of them. Here are a few of the features that make Crazymeds so extra special:

  • See the “Hide ↓|” above the left and right sidebars (columns)? That’s right, you can toggle between hiding and showing them.
    • You can also hide or show any tables of contents.
  • We have two search bars. Why? Because each one has it’s advantages and disadvantages.
    • The first one, to the right of the Crazymeds logo, is for searching this collection of wiki pages.
      • Pros:
        • It’s very fast and way more flexible than the Google search.
        • Lets you search by page name only.
        • Searches on partial matches.
      • Cons:
        • It does not look at any content from the Crazymeds forum, PI sheets, or other documents.
        • Buggy. Do a search with an ampersand (&) and bask in the fuggliness.
    • The Google search bar allows you to search the entire site.
      • Pros:
        • Searches include the forum and .pdf documents; or even the web, because you don’t have access to Google anywhere else.
        • Deals with misspellings and synonyms.
      • Cons:
        • It’s a little slower than the wiki software’s built-in search.
        • Often puts results from the forum ahead of results from the wiki, even if the forum results are less relevant.
    • 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.
    • All these lovely features are a bit wonky if you manually change the color scheme and typeface.
    • So why the hell do I keep them? It’s one of the reasons why I went with the fucking Triad skin.
  • The History link shows you all the changes made to whatever page you’re on. Every. Single. One.
    • You can filter minor changes. Too bad I’m really, really bad about marking such things.
    • Or putting in a summary of what I did.
  • If you’re a member of the Crazymeds 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 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 Crazymeds 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 more of those really helps me.
  • We have a page of definitions for various abbreviations, acronyms, initialisms, and terms that may be unfamiliar to some people.
    • Better yet, whatever is defined on that page shows up as green on all the medication-related pages. Terms like brain cooties and antagonist, just hover your mouse pointer over it for a definition.
      • At least, you’re supposed to get a definition. That won’t work here, due to complex technical blah, blah, blah…3
    • Click on the green-highlighted term to follow any links to a longer definition or explanatory page.
  • Hovering over links may provide you with some extra information as well. How much is pretty random.
  • If you haven’t had it already, there’s your intro to my PowerPoint-style of article writing.
    • College doesn’t warp your mind, but 17 years of working for trans-national corporations might.

3.  Our Medication Articles Explained!

No matter what you read on Crazymeds, there’s often a link to a research paper or case report or something. If you’re unfamiliar with those, take a quick look at The Literature.

The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from. - Andy Tanenbaum4 OK, on to decrypting our obtuse and byzantine medication articles.
Like PI sheets our drug guides come in two formats: an old one marginally updated to fit the wiki software, and a new, “improved” model.

The bulletpoint list above would serve a purpose if the multi-page med article template didn’t have it built-in, but you’ll see it on other articles throughout Crazymeds. That’s the index that makes the trail you see near the top right, and often near the bottom right, of the pages in large or related articles. Clicking there takes you from page to page. There will be a link to the index page in the trail. Once you’re at the multi-page med article the index will be the same index page every med article uses. Aside from demonstrating how it works, the only real use the index above has is letting you jump to a specific page you’d like explained.





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1 The skin automagically assigned to devices with a display greater than 1,000 pixels, as well as the themes on the Select Display page identified as having right sidebars.

2 For anyone interested in this sort of thing the approximate usage is: Safari 40%, Chrome 20%, Internet Explorer 17%, Firefox 11%, Android 8%

3 Because I told it not to work in this group of pages. I tried to override that for this one instance. I got the everything to work except the definitions when the pointer hovers over the words.

4 Also attributed to Admiral Grace Hopper

Decoding Our Med Articles & Getting Unlost by Jerod Poore is copyright © 2011
Author: Jerod Poore. Date created: 31 July 2011 Last edited by: JerodPoore on: 2014–06–05





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The information on Crazymeds 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. Plus we are big pottymouths and talk about S-E-X a lot.
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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. OK, you can throw away duplicate copies, but keep at least one, as that’s your proof of purchase of having taken a med in case a doctor doubts your medical history. Plus they take up less space than a bottle, although keeping one inside of a pill bottle is even better.
Crazymeds 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.
Very little information about visitors to this site is collected or saved. From time to time I look at search terms used and which pages they bring up in an effort to make the information I present more relevant. And the country of origin, just because I’m geeky like that. That’s about it. Depending on how you feel about Schrodinger, our privacy policy should either assuage or exacerbate your paranoia.
Crazymeds 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, Crazymeds 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 Crazymeds 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. Hail Xenu!

‘Everything is true, nothing is permitted.’ - Jerod Poore


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