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  • Inappropriate Prescribing of Atypical Antipsychotic Drugs in the Elderly: Inexcusable Deaths and Medicare Dollars Wasted [hide all summaries]
    (August 2011)
    Most prescriptions for antipsychotic drugs to people in nursing homes are inappropriate and quite dangerous. Find out what you can do to protect your family or friends.
  • Drug Mix-Ups [hide all summaries]
    (June 2011)
    This article lists 355 drugs with names that are often confused with similar-sounding drug names. Find out what you can do to prevent getting the wrong drug.
  • Drug-Induced Cognitive Impairment: Part One [hide all summaries]
    (March 2009)
    The article lists 57 different drugs that can cause dementia if used. This can be even more problematic if more than one of these drugs is being taken. These drugs are only one class of drugs that can cause mental deterioration and next month's issue will discuss additional drugs that can also impair thinking.
  • Dangers of Mixing Alcohol with Certain Medications or Diseases [hide all summaries]
    (August 2008)
    The article discusses 273 drugs that can have harmful interactions with alcohol. Also reviewed are several ways in which these harmful interactions can occur: 1/ Medications Can Increase Alcohol Blood Levels 2/ Additive effects of medications and alcohol. One of the best- known drug-alcohol interactions is when alcohol, a depressant, is taken with other sedative medications, and excessive sedation or depression of respiration can occur 3/Alcohol can increase the blood levels of some medications leading to toxicity of these drugs. 4/ Alcohol also can reduce blood levels of some medications causing them to be less effective. Although some of the interactions between alcohol and medications mainly occur in people who drink heavily (three or more drinks on one occasion), many of these interactions may occur with much lower amounts of alcohol use, such as one to two drinks on an occasion. We strongly urge you to tell your physicians and other health care providers how much alcohol you are drinking so they can effectively assess the risks and advise you about the safe use of alcohol and medications.
  • Macrolide Antibiotic Drug Interactions [hide all summaries]
    (February 2008)
    The article discusses the adverse drug interactions between either of two widely-prescribed macrolide antibiotics, erythromycin (as in ERYTHROCIN) and clarithromycin (BIAXIN)and more than 40 other drugs that are listed in a table in the article. It also describes the nature of the adverse interactions that can occur.
  • The Newer Atypical Antipsychotic Drug Olanzapine (ZYPREXA) Shows No Advantage Over Haloperidol (HALDOL) [hide all summaries]
    (May 2004)
    A randomized controlled clinical trial, the “gold standard” for scientific research, published in the November 26, 2003 Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) compared the newer top selling atypical antipsychotic drug olanzapine (ZYPREXA) to the much older antipsychotic agent haloperidol (HALDOL) and concluded that this trial: "...found no statistically or clinically significant advantages of olanzapine for schizophrenia on measures of compliance, symptoms, or overall quality of life, nor did it find evidence of reduced inpatient use or total cost."
  • NEW WARNING! Risk Of Stroke When The Antipsychotic Risperidone (RISPERDAL) Is Prescribed For Dementia [hide all summaries]
    (June 2003)
    The manufacturer of the antipsychotic drug risperidone (RISPERDAL), announced on April 16, 2003, that an important new warning had been added to the professional product labeling, or package insert, for the drug concerning cerebrovascular adverse effects, including stroke and transient ischemic attack (temporary reduction of blood flow to the head), when the drug is used to treat elderly patients for dementia. In some of these cases the result was death.

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