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People with mental illness have been victimized for much too long. Schizophrenia distorts reality and makes it hard for the afflicted to function in society. People who act strangely may alienate and frighten others. Sadly, the treatments for this disorder... (Read More)
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Abilify (aripiprazole) is one of the most successful drugs in the pharmacy. Last year this medication had sales of over $5,000,000,000, making it the # 2 medication on the top 10 hit parade of best selling drugs (in dollars).  One... (Read More)
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What happened to all the drug breakthroughs? Whenever Americans complain about the high cost of prescription medicines, they are told that their "investment" in brand name drugs will lead to crucial advances in hard-to-treat diseases. This promise remains largely unfulfilled.... (Read More)
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Q. A good friend got tardive dyskinesia (TD) from taking the combination of Prozac and Abilify. This led to abnormal facial expressions and uncontrollable tongue movements. This person was always tired and showed no emotion. Even after stopping the Abilify... (Read More)
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Q. My grandmother was given Seroquel in the hospital to help her sleep. She has been on it for three months now and I have noticed symptoms such as slight head nodding and mouth movements like chewing or sucking. She... (Read More)
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Watch Out for Problem Pills

When Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter, many people might have concluded that propofol is an especially dangerous drug. This is the medication that Dr. Murray injected to try to put Michael to sleep when... (Read More)
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Q. A family member took his life while on Cymbalta. He had never been depressed, but when he explained to his physician the suicidal thoughts he was having the physician doubled his dose of Cymbalta, added Abilify and told him... (Read More)
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"Hot as hell" is a phrase we have heard a lot this summer. And with good reason. Temperatures have soared in much of the country. And it's not over yet. Anyone without air conditioning has really been suffering. So has... (Read More)
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There was a time when drug companies did not advertise prescription medicines directly to consumers. After all, doctors, not patients, make the decisions about which medication a patient should take. The FDA requirement that ads disclose side effects also seemed... (Read More)
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Q. When I developed symptoms of severe depression, a top psychiatrist focused only on my anxiety and prescribed antipsychotics. I gained 60 pounds in three months. My depression expanded as if the doctor had applied helium to my blue balloon.... (Read More)
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Americans spend more on antipsychotic medications than any other type of drugs, including cholesterol-lowering medicines. That's because these pricey medications, which were originally developed to treat schizophrenia, are now being used for many other problems. Drugs like Abilify, Geodon, Risperdal,... (Read More)
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Antipsychotic medications were developed for treating severe mental illness, in particular schizophrenia. Older antipsychotics such as Thorazine, Mellaril and Haldol have a number of serious side effects including weight gain, diabetes, skin reactions, hormonal disruption, seizures and uncontrollable muscle movements.... (Read More)
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Millions of Americans do not have insurance that covers prescription medications. They are being hammered by rapidly rising drug costs. What makes these skyrocketing prices so painful is that they come at a time when the economy as a whole... (Read More)
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Popular psychiatric medications such as Abilify, Risperdal and Zyprexa carry certain risks for heart disease and diabetes. That is why people taking these medications should have regular tests of their blood sugar and cholesterol levels. A new study suggests, however,... (Read More)
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When a new generation of anti-psychotic medications was introduced more than a decade ago physicians hoped these drugs represented a better way to treat mental illness. The expectation was that drugs such as Risperdal, Zyprexa, Abilify and Seroquel would be... (Read More)
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Q. I'm worried about my mother. She's 65 and has type 2 diabetes and mild depression.In the last few months, her behavior has changed dramatically. She is extremely lethargic and has no energy to do housework. She is sleeping a... (Read More)
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Aripiprazole

OverviewThis is a powerful drug approved for treating schizophrenia. It is also employed for patients with serious bipolar disorder and occasionally as an adjunctive treatment for major depression. There is a black box warning about the danger of giving this... (Read More)
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Hundreds of years ago, people with mental illness might be burned at the stake or locked away in a dungeon. In the early 20th century, some patients with schizophrenia were lobotomized with an ice pick to blunt emotions and reduce... (Read More)
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Would you take a medicine that listed death as a possible side effect? Lots of people do. If you read drug ads in popular magazines, you might end up wondering who would ever beg a doctor for a prescription. Abilify... (Read More)
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